Yes, it’s International Women’s Day and I’m angry at capitalism. It’s IWD and yesterday I read at least two reports that women and girls remain deeply disadvantaged in the minds of males locally and globally. It’s International Women’s Day and while I would love to celebrate, I have so many bones to pick that I may not make it to the celebration part.
I’m still super salty about Elizabeth Warren getting a raw deal in the primaries. I’m grateful that she will still be a force in the Senate along with Kamala Harris but it still burns me up that women’s leadership – the kind that is out front, hyperqualified, and in your face, if necessary, still cannot find the broad-based (male) acceptance be the One.
I’m angry at capitalism which leads those who can to buy up all the available supplies of hand sanitizer in response to a PUBLIC health issue. It’s a caustic combination of individualism and capitalist scarcity mentalities that encourage people to behave in ways that further endanger the public rather than mitigate harm, because they remain focused solely on themselves. But the nature of a public health crisis is that we must depend on each other in order to stay healthy. The fact that health care is a big if for huge swaths of the US population only reinforces the embedded structures that favor profits over people.
While women can be and have been voracious capitalists, if you look at business leadership and government representation at the highest levels, you will see primarily middle aged white wealthy men. That’s a problem for all of us. I’m tired of hearing about pipelines and ceilings. Women are plenty ready to lead, to join forces with other women and men who see options for a different future.
Alas, this is my IWD rant, I guess. Our societies have the capacities to be and do so much better that we currently are. Widespread poverty is not natural, nor is hunger, nor domestic abuse, nor mass incarceration, nor frozen wages, nor environmental destruction. Think of the women you know, women you have encountered, women you are raising and teaching – how are they affected by these conditions? If you look carefully or even just throw a cursory glance at the evidence, you’ll understand how and why one can be so angry on International Women’s Day 2020.