Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen
A little history of International Women’s Day. In 1909 the first International Women’s Day was observed on February 28th. This day was designated by the Socialist Party of America to honor the 1908 garment worker’s strike in New York that protested against working conditions. 15, 000 female garment workers marched in New York to Union Square demanding economic and political rights. This is not the whole truth of this situation. It started when a horrific fire killed 146 workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Conditions included 14 hour long shifts, one break and denied use of bathroom facilities. There was poor ventilation and locked doors in the factory. Workers were paid 2 dollars a day and were docked for errors, needles, and thread that they used to do their job. Through the support of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, (ILGWU), the women went on strike seeking higher pay, reduced hours, and the right to be represented by the union. Funny about how they wanted more money to work less. I will get to that later.
Who was the group that started the recognition of this day? The Socialist Party of America. Their political platform is as follows
“The Socialist Party stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.
We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society based on compassion, empathy, and respect as well as the development of new social structures. Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and community members will take responsibility for and control of their interpersonal relationships, their neighborhoods, their local government, and the production and distribution of all goods and services.”
Democratic socialist society based on compassion empathy and respect. I personally believe that a society based on a person’s feelings and compassion can lead to negative consequences. Take a look at the family court system. It is run on compassion and empathy and respect for women. And with that we have women raising children without fathers there to support their children. Where is the compassion and empathy for the father? Where is there support? Enough about this. Let’s look more at this #Pressforprogress hashtag talking about the pay gap among women and men. In 1909 the number of men over the age of 16 working in the statistics was 2,619,053 in the survey. A majority of men, 450,568 made between 12 and 15 dollars a week. This is 1.71 to 2.14 dollars a day. Women only had 588,599 individuals in the survey and their average wage was 6 to 7 dollars a week totaling .85 to a dollar a day. These ladies were complaining about making 2 dollars a day when most other women were making a lot less than them and the men were making the same as them. There appears to be #Pressforprogress in 1909 when the pay was equal. The difference is that most women were married and raising children instead of working in factories.
In this survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics those that are men 16 years and older there are 62,980 and the average pay is 941 in a week in 2016. For Women it is 770 a week with an average number of women working is 50,291. The difference per week for a 16 year old female working is 48 dollars a week from her male counterpart. For those 25 years and older is 186 dollars a week. This is almost four times the difference from when they were 16.
There are some considerations for this though. Men work 41.1 hours a week while women work 36.4 hours per week. Men work an average of 8.4 hours a day while women work only 7.8 hours a day in 2016. I think though what is interesting is the amount of time a day a women actually does the following working and work related activities is 4.39 hours a day vs 2.88 hours a day. Women spend 2.24 hours a day on household activities vs men who do only 1.38. So in essence most women spend their time either working at a part time job if they work at all and doing household activities while men work longer hours and work full time unlike their female counterparts. Therefore the pay gap is not something that is associated with anything other than the decisions women make to not work as much and participate more at home. Therefore if women want to #Pressforprogress they need to start working like men and quit messing with the household activities. If they did that then yes our lives and homes would be a mess but then at least women would average out the same amount of earning for a week like a man.
As frustrating as this is to read the honest truth is women are called inside the home. In the animal kingdom we call it nesting. It’s not just with pregnant women but with women in general. We have urges to clean and organize our homes in plan to serve and prepare for sharing our home with others. This is why we spend so much time working on household activities. In all honesty it could be said women in Triangle Shirtwaist Factory were fighting for a working place that was clean and proper like their homes. At least for me everywhere I go I want to be clean and organized I have to say it is written into my genetic code somewhere that cleanliness and order lead to happiness on some level. Therefore, our homes should be our offices. Many men may use the meme as something to make fun of women but in all honesty as women we should and used to take pride in our homes and our kitchens. Unfortunately we do not do that anymore and maybe we should? So for international women day, I say this,
MAKE YOU A SANDWICH ANYTIME ANY DAY FOR IT IS MY DUTY AND HONOR AND SOMETHING I TAKE PRIDE TO DO 24/7/365.