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March 8, 2009

Today is International Women’s Day.

Are women equal to men?  If not, why not?

Of course women are not equal to men in physical strength.  Never will be.  That’s just a fact of life.

But what about brains?   Remember when Larry Summers, then president of Harvard, now a senior economic adviser to President Obama, mused out loud whether in brain power, women were inherently inferior to men when it came to the study of science and mathematics.  He was hounded out of Harvard but was he onto something?

What about public life?  Of course women like Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton and Angela Markel are right at the top.  But is it because they are women or because they act like men?

What about business?  Well, there are more women in top jobs (many of them manly females) but their less fortunate sisters down the totem poll on the assembly line are only making 70 per cent of what their male counterparts are making.

What about politics?  There is not a legislative assembly in the world that has 50 per cent women.  Most have fewer than 25 per cent.  So one half of the population is seriously under-represented.  It should be noted here that Premier Jean Charest, as a matter of  policy has appointed women to 50 per cent of his cabinet.  He deserves plaudits.

What about religion?  One of the biggest offenders here is the  Roman Catholic church.  The church teaches that women are not fit to be priests nor homilists nor distributors of communion – and none of this rampant discrimination is likely to change in the near future.

So are women equal to men?

What do you think?

The Vatican newspaper says one of the things that contributed most to the emancipation of women was the invention of the washing machine.  What do you think of  that?