They are crazy because we women do not make as much money as men. Because we do not have all the rights to our body. Because we have to pay extra taxes for things that I will tell you later, while men do not, but I’ll tell you later. They are angry because men rape us because men harass us. Because people do not care about our intelligence.
They are crazy because you and I, my dear daughter, are second class citizens.
And you might wonder why Mom did not walk for you. You might wonder why there are no Facebook photos of us together, as many other moms do.
That’s why I’m writing you this letter.
My darling, I did not walk for you because I did not need it. I did not walk for you because you had the chance to be born in a country and a time where you already enjoy all the freedoms and rights, you live in a country where you can vote, in a country where you can lead important businesses, run for president, and even run the first women’s presidential campaign in history, in a country where you can live a fulfilling life as a mother and a professional, or whatever you choose .
I write this letter to tell you that what some people are shouting loudly today (and will continue to shout very loudly for years to come) are lies.
It is a lie to say that because of sexism, women do not earn as much money as men do. First, let mom explain what “pay discrimination” is. It is when a fully capable, trained and talented woman earns less than a fully capable, trained and talented man in the same job and under the same conditions.
But this is clearly not what is happening in this country. What is going on? Well, for starters, women tend to choose careers that do not pay as much, which affects the median income we are talking about. Women also choose to do things like take a few years off to stay at home with their children, and then when they go back to work, their counterparts may have had some increases during that time. Men also tend to work longer and are more likely to get an increase.
It’s a lie to say that because of sexism, we do not have all the rights to our body. You can technically (we’ll discuss what you can do later) do what you want with your body. Nobody stops you, nor any other woman. But these ladies think that being a woman gives us the right to decide what happens to other people’s bodies.
It is a lie to say that because of sexism, women have to pay a special tax for the products we have to biologically use. There is no special custom tax for these products. They are bundled with a ton of other products that the government imposes. And it’s certainly not because they are for girls.
It is a lie to say that because of sexism, we are the only ones to have to worry about harassment and abuse. Yes, some women are harassed. Yes, some women are abused. But men too. You do not know it yet, but today, boys make up half of those who are commercially exploited in the United States. You do not know it yet, but today, “a man is a victim of domestic abuse every 37.8 seconds in America.”
It’s a lie to say that because of sexism, people do not care about our intelligence. In fact, for 50 years, women have been leading the pack in education. Currently, “today’s women get the majority of university degrees in America. “
It’s a lie to say that because of sexism, there are no more women leaders. Yes, there was a time when women were relegated to the roles of housewife or secretary or assistant, but this is just not the case today. Just ask Meg Whitman (CEO of Hewlett-Packard), Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube), or Ginni Rometty (CEO of IBM), to name a few. Nobody stops you from becoming a leader.
Finally, it is a lie to say that our human rights as women simply disappear because someone who does not agree with the policies of these ladies suddenly became president.
No darling, I did not walk for you. Let me tell you what I will do for you.
I’ll teach you that money does not mean everything. But I’ll also teach you that if you want to make a lot of money, you’ll have to work hard and choose the right career.
I will teach you to respect your body. It is a beautiful creation, and I will teach you not to degrade it by dressing as if it meant nothing.
I’ll teach you that vulgarity does not make you stronger.
I will teach you that we are biologically, physically and emotionally different from men, but we are not inferior. It means that we are special.
I will teach you that you must always be kind and honorable, no matter what situation you are facing.
I will teach you to disagree firmly, but honorably.
Above all, I will teach you to be a woman of noble character, an incredible wife, a mother and a businesswoman who rejoices in all her roles.