Does the ‘Day Without Women’ Fit the Proverbs 31 Example of a Virtuous Woman?
According to this morning’s Washington Post, some women will refuse to smile today. Some schools will be closed in Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Virginia. Some restaurants are shrinking their menus as women go on strike. Rallies will be held around the country.
Today has been designated “A Day Without a Woman.” Organizers are encouraging women to take the day off work, shop exclusively at “small, women- and minority-owned businesses,” and wear red “in solidarity.” The emphasis is timed to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The day is meant to recognize “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socioeconomic system—while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity.” It is organized by the same people who created the Women’s March on Washington last January in support of abortion and other women’s “rights.”
Although I disagree with the organizers on a host of moral issues, I agree with them that the value of women in our culture cannot be overstated.
If women stopped working, 53 percent of the American workforce would disappear. More than three-quarters of our public school teachers would not be in the classroom. Eighty-five percent of our nation’s obstetricians, 75 percent of our pediatricians, 57 percent of our psychiatrists and 58 percent of our family doctors would no longer see patients. Thirty-six million volunteers would no longer volunteer.
Despite their value to our nation, women comprise only 4.6 percent of S&P 500 CEO positions. They hold only 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 board seats. Only 34.3 percent of all physicians and surgeons are women; only 15.9 percent are medical school deans. Women of color hold only 3.2 percent of Fortune 500 company board seats.
All this despite a Harvard Business School report that organizations with women in leadership generate greater profits. We have come a long way in recognizing the contributions of women, but we have much further to go.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Jim Denison