There is a discrepancy in the way in which women are treated in society that seriously impacts their ability to find success and happiness. Merely because of their gender, they get a different set of expectations at birth than their male counterpart.
Why does this matter? It matters because the subtle ways in which women are often treated can have a terrible effect on how they see themselves and it influences every aspect of their lives.
The day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1913, there was a women's march in Washington for voter rights.
One of my clients that I used to see complained about being propositioned for sex when she went to a local bar for a drink.
Some people would say that she should not go to a bar because men would automatically think she wanted sex.
Think about that statement and analyze it. This is the natural way of thinking, but is it justified? Should women stay away from bars because men may accost them?
I totally disagree with that mentality. In my opinion a woman has every right to be respected wherever she may decide to go and a man shouldn’t automatically assume that she wants sex because she is sitting at a bar.
I think there has been an awakening lately from women who have had enough sexual harassment and outright sexual abuse from men in power. The latest target is Harvey Weinstein, the famous American film producer who is being investigated for such treatment of women over many years.
Ashley Judd, the movie star and political activist, was one of his victims. He asked her to a breakfast which she assumed was a business meeting. But he showed up to see her in his bathrobe and asked her to let him give her a massage or watch him shower.
In regards to
women, unhealthy helping and giving can arise from behaviors and traits
that are culturally approved and encouraged for women. Females are
expected to put others first and to be nice and considerate. Traditional
feminine roles such as wife, mother, daughter (and daughter-in-law), direct
women to take care of other people, make other people’s lives easier by doing
things for them, and to care for those that are dependent (providing what is
called care labor). Caring for others, and accommodating others, in and outside
of the home, is often designated as women’s work and selfless service to others
is sold to many of us as a defining feature of the good woman.