I am completely incensed.
Perhaps it is my independent, strong, proud nature.
I don't like labels to begin with, but I realize that for certain purposes they simplify organization.
Who are you?
What do you do?
Why are you here?
Where are you from?
When did you come here?
I was reviewing work that had been done by someone else today.
It is the habit of this particular person to rank people in her esteem according to her opinion of their worth, and typically, old rich white men (and occasionally old rich white women) are worthy to be revered in her lofty perspective. It is seldom that anyone else rises above that sharp angle at the edge of the nose that she looks down.
I see it as a serious injustice and a shortcoming of her personality. I have my own shortcomings; I don't say anything. Often.
Today, however... it bothered me enough to blog about it.
I must vent, I beg your indulgence.
In reviewing the application, I saw that she'd noted the man's occupation neatly and put him first as she always does. Fine. It could be done the other way but I think this hasn't occurred to her. Fine.
I then discovered that she had entered the ladies occupation as HWF.
THAT is short for Housewife.
Perhaps she has not noticed that I have corrected ALL of her previous entries of housewife to those of HOMEMAKER. Yes, I am politically correct in this ilk.
We are not in the 50's.
I think at the very least, a modicum of dignity and respect ought to be afforded to those women who choose not to enter the workforce; those who have the daunting task of running a household in the new millennium, something which is no small task and which- if it were a paid position- would net the woman OR MAN (note Homemaker is not gender specified) about six figures a year, currently.
It is without a shred of doubt, a position that commands respect and dignity.
The women who fought and died for equality and recognition at the turn of the last century, did not do so with the vision that women in the coming century could have the freedom to be indifferent to their sacrifices!!!
I cringe and shudder at the thought.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth would be infuriated, not incensed, at the complacency of some women today.
We are the granddaughters of warriors of justice, integrity, dignity and HONOR.
We are absolutely NOT of a lesser value or worth than our male counterparts.
I certainly hope that each person who reads this remembers what was sacrificed willingly by our foremothers... so that WE could be granted the equality that should never have been a question.
God Bless the Homemakers.
Scarlett & Viaggiatore