Letter: America doesn’t need ERA
The Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1972, was never ratified … and for good reason. First, it isn’t needed. Second, it would have added more problems for all of us and America doesn’t need that. We invent too many problems already.
As a 75-year-old female that worked most of my adult life married to a career Marine and raised three children while usually working full time, that glass ceiling was an invention of angry women who seemed to believe that because there were more men in charge than women, it had to be due to discrimination by sex. Sometimes it may have been that way, but what I witnessed was different.
Friends of mine who studied, earned their degree, and knew what teamwork was did very well over the years. Many of them also had a family and they didn’t seek that overrated place in the corporate world as they knew what it would do to them and their family time. Of my single friends that went for the lead spots, some made it and some didn’t, but I can say honestly that those who didn’t make it knew that it wasn’t that glass ceiling, but rather their lack of certain skills that come not just from education, but from individual personal attitudes.
Intelligence and a degree aren’t enough to be a leader and this letter would be too long to list everything that is necessary to run, maintain or build a business. However, there is a greater issue. Jesus Christ is the person that lifted women to a higher place, where we were considered better than men, a person to be respected, honored and protected. But when the equal rights issue came into the picture, women then had the same liberties and copied men by getting drunk, smoking, swearing, being coarse or rude and then came down from that higher place in order to be “equal” to men.
Yes, there is some good that came from the women’s movement, but over time it is clear that women had put themselves into a place that hurts their dreams of having a marriage, a husband that loves and respects who she is and a father for her children. The only way for women to fulfill their desire for a good family life is to work at being that better person Jesus lifted up.
We need to teach our young girls what it means to be a woman, and when we have sons, we must teach them the real difference between male and female, not just the physical. If you follow the careers of women at the top of the corporate structure now, you will know the price they pay to be at the top and all those millions of dollars don’t make up for what they have lost and how it affects them in later life. Some don’t want marriage or children and that would be their choice, but more women do have that hope and desire for a family.
America will never be perfect, but we built our country using our Creator’s words on how He wanted us to live. Being the better woman as seen by Jesus is what I hope for our young girls today and that mothers and fathers will teach their sons what it is to really be a man.