In the last few weeks I've posted a series of articles focusing on the status of women in America, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the ongoing pay inequity between the sexes, all urging women to get mad. Why? Because anger is often the first step toward action, and action is what this country sorely needs.
Gaps in salary, lack of leadership roles in the public and private sectors, diminishing jobs for women (especially those over 50), and poor childcare options are just a few of the ongoing challenges we have in America.
But the biggest, widest-ranging problem is the "culture of rape" that we as a society have created, and continue to feed.
The Department of Education acknowledges a grave threat to this generation: 20 percent of college women will be victims of rape or sexual assault.
Date rape drugs are easily acquired and used, and even if a young woman is drinking a soda, if she turns away for even a second the drugs can be dropped directly into her drink with devastating results.
In her article, Amy goes on to say:
We live in a civilized country, after all. Who is assaulting these young women? The answer, of course, is our college men! Ponder this: roughly 20 percent of our college men will rape or sexually assault a college woman before they graduate.
As a mother of two teenaged girls -- one of whom will attend college next year -- I am bearing witness to a war on women... a war that has all the components of other wars being waged in the world right now: psychological, physical, emotional, financial.