Over the past few years I have become more and more aware of the issues that really affect the country as a whole. While many would like to make the global issues a central tenant of the campaigns, I would like to see a more concerted effort to make social issues a major aspect. Social issues are the items we deal with every single day and they have a huge impact on the overall life of people. Of the many different social issues that we could argue over I think the issue needs to start with gender equality. Some will say that we already have gender equality but I would like to point out that we do not. Others will say that the Democrats are more in favor of gender equality and the Republicans are not. The truth of the matter is that the Obama Whitehouse regularly pays women 33% less than their male counterparts. Add to this the fact that a Republican president was the first to appoint a female secretary of state and you begin to see that the rhetoric does not match up with the actions.
Gender equality has much more to do with pay and respect than anything else. Females are offered the chance to have maternity leave but so are males. Females are offered the chance to miss time with sick children but so are males. The differences come in the amount of pay and the level of power or respect hat the ladies are given. We will not have real gender equality until we stop politicizing all of the events in the world. Not everyone is a homophobe. Not everyone is a misogynistic freak. Learn the difference and we will all be better off.