A new study offers a national tour of the economic conditions for women.
So in the land of the brave, home of the free, are things all as they need to be?
One does need to be careful interpreting some of these statistics. Not all women want to have high profile careers. Not all people want to live an affluent lifestyle. For many women, supporting their family is a top priority and having a nice home that doesn’t look like a handyman’s dream, close to family and in a safe environment for kids to go out and play represents total success.
However, the American dream, which to me has focused on the right and ability for all people to be treated equal, regardless of race, creed, color (does it say gender?) should mean equality anywhere in the country.
You could look at some of these maps and say, well this is a poor state, it’s not just women who are on low incomes, low educations and lifestyle. But there are indisputable trends that this map shows that are work looking at.
I live in New Zealand, the country which first gave women the right to vote. I live in a country that had one of the first woman Prime Minister’s and many of our companies are ably led by women. That doesn’t mean that gender doesn’t still sometimes come into the equation, and I’m sure if I had time to dig down I would find towns or areas where we could do better, but fundamentally I believe our maps would show far greater equality than the country that more than any other, espouses to stand up for full and equal rights for all citizens. I find that interesting.
Check out the maps and let me know what you think.