Last Sunday’s Conversation about how to help women in poverty drew a variety of responses. The article focused on Maria Shriver’s report “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” which touched on hurdles and offered solutions to the challenge of lifting women and their children from poverty. We asked: Do you see women within the next generation attaining the sorts of rights that Maria Shriver’s report highlights, including equal pay for equal work and the right to earn paid sick leave? If so, why? And if not, why?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Men in poverty a problem
Re “Shriver crusades for women” (Forum, Jan. 12): The report says the reason for this is the decline of American males and their social and economic abilities to support families. Men today need feminists’ activists for them, especially considering that men are more likely to drop out of school or post-secondary education, as well as end up incarcerated in the criminal justice system far more than women.
There shouldn’t be so many women struggling to support their children in America if the men who fathered the children supported them with earning a salary. How ironic that the government’s war on poverty has apparently resulted in a severe increase of fatherless homes living in poverty.
– Michelle Kunert, Sacramento
Let’s give polygamy a go
Re “Shriver crusades for women” (Forum; Jan. 12); “What really works to close the wage gap” (Viewpoints); “To fight poverty, we need new energy and new ideas” (Editorials): Sunday’s Forum had three articles on income inequality and its effect on single women and their children, all essentially looking to the government for solutions. It’s time for some creative solutions: now that we have legalized homosexual marriage, why not remove all marriage restrictions? Let’s sanction polygamy based on income levels: the more income or wealth you have, the more wives or husbands you are allowed. This will reduce the divorce rate, the problem of single mothers, and certainly the income gap and the wealth of the top income earners.
– Brian Smyth, Gold River
FROM SACBEE.COM ONLINE COMMENTS
We should also all take up arms and become a well-regulated militia, patrolling the streets on behalf of women everywhere, applying the same tactics that men have used to control women throughout time.
We should acknowledge our true power, and take the power from those who have decided that our skills and talents are somehow worth less because we have two X chromosomes instead of a Y.
We should cast off our roles as victims and take the world into our own hands. The boys have made a royal mess of things; it’s time to let the girls have a go.