Re: WOMEN ISSUES as they relate to income and economic inequality. Enough!

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:24 am, #6
by Camala6
I have always been strongly in favor of gender equality. And this article to great degree express my sentiments on this subject. But it had not occurred to me that gender equality does not equate to economic equality. A woman can buy an item with her extra dollars. She can analyze their brands, their quality and characteristics before making her purchase, but without the EIRA app, she cannot tell to whom or to what (corporation) the benefit will accrue.

So it becomes crystal clear that gender equality is not going to close the ever-widening economic inequality gap. They need to be addressed jointly. After making her quality and price analysis, the female purchaser must also be able to see who will benefit from her purchase. Will the profit go to the 1% or to the increasingly improvershed 99%?

So various womens' groups should be encouraged to support the development and production of the EIRA app. And various political forces, both female and male should also be encouraged to come board with this idea. And as marketing analysts know, the teenager to 30s group is one of the largest buying segments. They too need to be educated as to the situation and encouraged to use the app.

Some other thoughts that come to mind are the following:
1. Women who stay in the home, who work at home. This is at this point in time, unpaid labor. These women are not even in the workforce to ask for fair pay and equal pay. What usually happens to them is that when they are ready to join the workforce,their is little possibility of having a 'decent job', much less have one that pays equivalent salary and benefits to that of a man in the same position.

They are penalized economically for being a homemaker. Which also implies that they will have less social security and/or any pension. So, this needs to be discussed and some new social/cultural mechanisms instituted to correctly value economically this situation. Additionally, many work at home moms and wifes make significant economic purchases over the course of their lives. They often are the deciding vote on what a husband or significant other decides to purchase. So during the course of their lives, they also can make decisions using the EIRA app to send profits to the 99% rather than the 1%.

2. As time passes, women are coming more and more into the forefront of cultural decision making. To speak solely of economic inequality goes wide of discussing other issues. As women become more powerful decisions makers, the value placed on economic success as the SOLE major factor in having an equitable society is going to shift. Women entering the market place 50 years ago tried to appear as masculine as possible....wearing suits, being competitive, pretending their home life didn't exist, etc. now, things are changing: nurturing values, cohesive group values,bonding are becoming more prevalent and persistent in the market place. Women, when they are in control of an economic segment are prone to designing work places with time off for parenting purposes, for mental refreshment breaks, and for cooperation rather than competition and the all pervading gold standard of economic success. I don't know how this will play into stopping economic inequality, but it is part of the overall discussion.

3. Education of the young as well as older generations is imperative. We all know that cultural expectations play a large part in what happens in all aspects of our lives. Children must be brought up to expect both gender and economic equality. And to be outraged when they don't get it. This also implies that they have political equality with men as well. To write laws, statutes, and regulations that protect and promote their gender, economic and political equality.

4. Not just he USA or western Europe. All nations and communities must be brought into the struggle for economic equality. Women suffer much and differently in various other countries. In Iran, in Egypt, in many other countries, women are politically disenfranchised and have no contol over the ownership of their bodies, much less a chance to address economic equality. Yet, there are efforts, such as those promoted by Melinda Gates in Africa to endow women with cell phones, education and training to take care of themselves and their families. These women would most likely be thrilled to use the EIRA app to make sure their hard work benefits the poor such as themselves.

In any case, the struggle for economic equality has many aspects and is necessary for the progress of the planet into a more sane, just and kind environment.