Friday, May 30, 2014

What will help women succeed?

“When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” -Nancy Pelosi

I'm going to be downtown in Lowell on Monday for other reasons, but Nancy Pelosi will be there too.

We agree, but unfortunately we don't agree on how to make it happen. 
“Single moms are busy holding down at least one job or more, raising their families and keeping the ship afloat, so they don’t have time to be thinking about politics and what’s going on in Washington, D.C., especially when they don’t see an agenda that affects them directly,” Pelosi told HuffPo. “We hope we can give them hope by elevating this discussion and letting them know that somebody is fighting the fight for them.” Unmarried women overwhelmingly favored President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, contributing to the historic gender gap that propelled him to victory. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee estimates that participation among unmarried women will drop off significantly in the upcoming midterm, from 58 percent turnout in 2012 to 39 percent in 2014, the HuffPo reported.

 We currently live in a community where probably half of all children do not live with the fathers.. The socio-economic disparities are clear.

Married moms don't have the same problems as single moms.

Why are they single?

It isn't out of complete choice to have a baby without the dad's involvement.

Dads are usually present and in a relationship with the mother at the time of birth.

Of course I want to meet the needs of single mothers, but guess what? 

Women will never succeed without the help of husbands and fathers. Men aren't the problem, they're there to help us. 

You want to help single moms?

Get dad involved.

And create the expectation in young men that they should be involved. And ladies, you have to also make it happen as well. If you are no longer in a relationship with the father, you must create the opportunity (absent neglect/abuse) for the father of your child to be a dad!

That takes a lot of work.

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