Former Ohio Governor John Kasich writes in the latest New York Times op-ed that the 50 years since the New York State Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in Congress has been “unmistakably a good thing.”
The ERA seeks to guarantee all Americans equal protection under the law, which the Founding Fathers had intended. Most states passed the ERA in the 1970s, but New York, with a population of 7.8 million, beat them all to the punch and became the 28th state to ratify the amendment. Since that time, ten other states have passed resolutions asking for the ratification of the amendment.
Kasich discussed it in a wide-ranging — some might call it self-indulgent — piece that extends, at length, to other topics.
He noted that women of significant means often get divorced, and while the divorced women come out ahead, the wealthy ones often get a larger break. “We better understand the basic unfairness that exists.”
He went on to discuss how women are “better-suited” to compete in society than men. “In the workplace, in college admissions, and in the political arena, women outperform men. In business, in math, in science, in the arts. In every industry.” He added that the 90 percent of companies that are run by women often have better policies for pregnant women and mothers.
He wrote that if women can win on the job, it also helps to win the home front — when they have their own personal lives.
“The truth is, gender equality is not the absence of prejudice or discrimination or inequalities in men and women. It is the presence of equally-qualified people in all instances. Men and women can compete equally well for the same jobs because they have the same options, the same education and the same creativity.”
Kasich listed a number of other examples, including the increasing use of data in restaurants, the tremendous success that the Trump Organization has had in utilizing immigrant labor and perhaps most painfully, the frustration that men feel when they feel discriminated against because of their gender.
“The best time to do something is when you understand what your problems are. In all of these cases, if we could just get the elected officials to do their jobs, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
Read the full piece on the Times website.
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