During the 1970s, Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued six historic cases on gender equality before the U.S. Supreme Court, at the time working for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Some of her arguments were highlighted in the documentary “RBG”, now in theaters.
Ginsburg won five of the six cases. No matter the case, however, I wonder today, what the judges who voted against her (all men) would say, with women having progressed since then, as the most recent wave of feminism lasted past the decade where Ginsburg, today a Supreme Court judge, made the arguments, into perhaps 1993.
Then again, with women still needing further advancement, as they are extremely underrepresented in many fields, perhaps the dissenting judges would vote the same today?
Also, it’s a problem that there hasn’t been a new feminist wave in a quarter-century.
This is why men need to pledge and re-pledge, continually, to not be like those judges and also keep women’s interests at the forefront of their minds. If they are executives (which are overwhelmingly men), they need to be willing to interview women for their open positions, as the ParityPledge is seeking to commit business leaders to do.
Men need to be at the point where it they struggle to understand why women shouldn’t be considered as their gender in terms of ability, skill and many other facets.
Perhaps they need to assume that women do not need to have children; that they have a uterus if, and only if, that’s the direction they want to go. Perhaps men need to gain a conviction that there aren’t any children waiting to be born and thus, women having children should only be merely one option for them.
(And perhaps they should get behind their woman’s careers, as we see in “RBG” Ginsburg’s husband do for her.)
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