The last several days of the Blogging 101 course involved non-post activities, such as personalizing my site, and searching and commenting on other blogs. As a follow-up to those activities, today’s assignment is to write a post that builds on one of the comments I left. The post I chose has little to do with the topics I plan to discuss in my blog; however, as a mother, it moved me. It is titled, “Your arguments against breastfeeding in public. They are invalid”.
“And so, because I am a complete masochist, I have trawled the grimy depths of the comments section for the most ill-informed, grotesque and idiotic arguments against breastfeeding in public.” Mummy Spits The Dummy
Using humor and some well thought-out logic, the blogger addressed seven of the oh-so-misguided arguments.
It also captured my attention as a woman in the workplace. Women face a gazillion hurdles everyday, and this is but one of them. If we, as a society, still struggle with breastfeeding in public, which is simply sustaining human life, then one has to wonder how we are doing with the meatier issues like gender pay gap, glass ceiling, family planning, etc. In my gut, I know it is better today than a mere 20 years ago, but still, we have a long way to go. The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a brief in May 2015 titled,“4 Generations of American Women: Great Progress, Persistent Challenges”, which studied the business environment for women over the years. Its findings support my belief that our society has much work to do before equality is a reality for all women.
Here is an excerpt of the CAP findings:
- Women’s progress in attaining leadership roles both in government and the private sector has essentially stalled.
- Women still earn, on average, only 78 cents for every $1 men earn—a gap that is even more dramatic between women of color and white men.
- Occupational segregation still persists, with women disproportionately represented in traditionally female fields such as education and health services—and not in leadership positions. They also are disproportionately employed in the low-wage workforce.
- Women continue to be employed in inflexible workplaces that are still structured as they were four decades ago, with little acknowledgment of the fact that only 20 percent of children in the United States today live in married homes where the father works and the mother stays home. In the 1970s, more than twice as many children lived in such households.
These are sobering statistics, don’t you think? Going back to the breastfeeding in public, the part that baffles me is the women who do not support it. Being accepting of it does not mean that you need to do it. However, not criticizing those that do is just one little way to support other women. So, ladies, let’s get over silly little things like breastfeeding in public and work together on things that really matter – leadership, gender pay gap, occupational segregation, and flexible workplaces. If not for yourself, then for your daughters!
This post is part of series of posts in the Blogging 101 course at WordPress Blogging University.