I don’t know about anyone else, but my job is more than the paycheck or the reason I get up at the crack of dawn five days a week. I feel like I am giving something back when I have a job.
Earlier in the week, Ivanka Trump stated the following about jobs:
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in this country over the last 4 years. People want to work for what they get.”
Of course Americans want to work, we don’t want to take a handout from the government. The Federal Jobs Guarantee that Ms. Trump is responding to is not handout. It is a guarantee that every American has access to a good job that provides a reasonable living wage and benefits to (healthcare, retirement savings plan etc).
Not that Ms. Trump would understand what it takes to get a get a job and keep it. She is an heiress who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. If she decided to retire tomorrow, she could with more than enough money in the bank to not worry about paying the bills and keeping a roof over her head. If I quit my job tomorrow, I would be seriously concerned about making sure that I can pay my bills and stay in my home.
We should all have access to good paying jobs. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which jobs (like many things) are distributed unequally. If Ms. Trump truly cares about the American people, she will do something to fix this inequality.
But, given that she is a Trump, she probably never will.
It’s taken multiple generations and the hard work of countless women (and their male allies), but we have accomplished what our fore-mothers could only have dreamed of.
Granted, it goes without saying that the fight for equality is not over. Issues such as equal pay, sexual assault, and the right to make decisions over our own bodies are as much as in the forefront as they were decades ago.
My generation of feminists took the ball that our mothers and grandmothers started rolling and have run with it. We stand on their shoulders so that future generations will be able to finish this fight for good.
A generation ago, reality television was something new and different. These days, every network is eagerly adding reality television to their programming schedule. Bravo is no different.
In 2006, the network introduced a new series to audiences: The Real Housewives of Orange County. The series followed the lives of a group of upper class women living in Southern California. Seeing that audiences were responding to the program, the executives began to expand the series to other cities. In the 13 years that Real Housewives have been on the air, the series has expanded to eight other cities and continues to be a staple of the Bravo schedule.
I have to admit that I watched Real Housewives for the few seasons. It was engaging, if not a little mind numbing. But then I got bored and stopped watching because each new spin-off was a replica of the previous season and city.