Last week the Washington Post did an article by Elizabeth Dole, former Senator from North Carolina, about the need for a National Women’s History Museum. The legislation for this museum is in place, having passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 383 for to 33 against. The bill is now pending in the Senate.
Why the divisions? The role of women, not only in America, but in the world, is well established. In fact, so established it can never be reduced. It is a part of common history! It covers every field of study and human endeavor you can imagine.There remains no significant “rights” issue in strict legal terms, as pertaining to women. What Sen. Dole and all those Congressmen need to remember is that women, by nature, were conferred a different and special role in life. It is an imponderable role that can never be violated or compromised. Now, given this divine role, it seems that the results of a broad comparison of any “material accomplishments” between a male and a female would be influenced by this “divine role”.
Sen. Dole talked about young girls being influenced by the museum to engage in more science studies etc. Of course, that is all well and good, as long as they don’t forget their natural role or compromise their natural role.
The natural role of women is a superior role, conferred by God!
There may be prejudices against some women in the workplace and pay differences, but from what I read the pay differences are more minor. Actually, the current trends in the workplace are nothing short of revolutionary. Women are advancing; men are receding. It seems, so many employers now feel more comfortable with women in responsible positions. What is important, we do not have the legal barriers, as in times past.
Same with race! Yes, there will always be preferences among sex and race, but not legal sex discrimination and not legal race discrimination.
It is really motherhood that gets shortchanged. And, there is so much truth to the old Wallace poem: “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. Obscure mothers, doing their natural duties and doing them well, often under extraordinary conditions, wield more power than Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize winners, Oscar winners, celebrated scientists, politicians, diplomats,entertainers, etc.
I don’t know of anything immoral about the museum, but it does seem a little perverse to me. We just don’t need all these divisions and sub-divisions. The highest meaning of America would tend to make such divisions unnecessary.
But, if they do build the museum, I’ll need a large room for my mother.