Miss Utah flubs answerJune 17th, 2013 | Posted by in Perspectives
So it seems that Miss Utah totally flubbed her answer at the Miss USA pageant on Sunday night. While it’s a shame (and I do feel bad for her) the question still merits an answer.
The question she was asked:
“A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”
This is a serious issue, one which deserves attention.
What she should have said:
Number 1. In order to answer that question, the type of jobs reported must be assessed. For example, a waitress will never earn as much money as a CEO–it doesn’t matter how many hours are clocked. The report must be analysed to see what jobs women are working in.
Number 2. Education is required for high paying jobs. Credentials are not optional. Women who expect to earn a high wage must put in the same amount of preparation as a male counterpart. Which brings us to the next point.
Number 3. Society does not respect motherhood. For that matter, it does not respect children. Women who choose to stay at home to raise a family are seen as skill-less. And yet, the skills necessary to raise a family are all consuming. No one ever put on their job resume, “Three children raised to perfection.” That may sound like a bit of a joke, but the truth is, raising children forces the development of vital skills, including an understanding of computers, child development, and the education system. Furthermore, it is impossible to run a household without an understanding of management. Even so, a resume outlining these skills–learned on the job as a mother–would be scoffed at by an employer. Instead society prefers to think of mothers as women who sit at home eating bon bons while their children run amuck.
So what does this say about society? It says that we have a long way to go. We need to educate, prepare, and respect women. We need to stop glorifying the way women “look” and appreciate them for who they are: our mothers who taught us to read and write, our sisters who helped us with our geometry homework, our daughters who look to us for education, our coworkers, and possibly even our boss.