Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Why do I care?

My older grandson turns eight this week. My younger grandson is five. No granddaughters, and unfortunately there won't be any. So why do I still care about equity for women and girls? Because my grandsons will always live in a world with women, and I want a fair playing field for all of them. I envision a world where men and women can both live and grow freely, where a person is paid for the quality of his/her work and not more or less because of her/his gender, where women are not treated as second-class citizens. My grandsons are being raised to be normal, equal-opportunity people - I hope that by the time they're adults that will be the standard.

AAUW is working towards this mission - "equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research". By working in AAUW I help support this goal. I am not an outspoken person; I don't like to give speeches, etc. My AAUW work is "background" stuff - but it needs to be done. There's a place in AAUW for everyone who believes in this same mission.

1 comment:

nancy said...

Thanks, Betty, for the reminder!