Sunday, February 15, 2015


I remember years ago being at local barber shop and having to abide a conversation by men, of course, about how much of the trouble in the world could be laid at the feet of women.

As the father of three accomplished daughters, the husband of a politically engaged professional educator,  the son of a "Rock of Gibratar" mother, my silence lasted all of a nanosecond.

One my proudest moments in life was my lashing out at those men with a litany of all the horrors visited on humanity by men.

By and large, women have been much higher quality of a human being than men have been down through the annuals of human history.

And yet, way too often have been the butt of male machismo abuse.

One of the most important factors for women to achieve their rightful status of complementary partners with men for the betterment of humanity is for men to step forward when other men degrade women and shame the male perpetrators.

Another thing to be done is for officialdom to publicly honor women for stepping up to the plate with efforts to make our world a better world notwithstanding the second class status that a male dominated world has visited upon them.

In the United States (1789) and more markedly in Ohio (1803), women outnumber men and yet in 2014 they suffer from pronounced inequality.

To the degree that women experience barriers to their development of their capabilities, humanity is the worse off for it.

That Ohio's 50th House District is held by a woman in a credit to this segment of the electorate of Stark County.

Stark County's other state legislative posts are held by men (currently Oelslager, Schuring and Slesnick) and have been going back many, many decades.

Countywide (except in judicial offices) in Stark, only one office (Nancy Reinbold - Stark County Clerk of Courts) is held by a woman.

Stark has done better at having women in judicial office.  Including the county's municipal courts (Alliance, Canton and Massillon), Family Court and Probate Court and the General Division of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, there are 16 judges.

But not much.  Of the 16, only 6 are women.  And, in the case of countywide judicial office, 5 of the 6 achieved office through the gubernatorial appointment process.  Not by running head-to-head against men.

50th District Representative Christina Hagan has shown a propensity to offer legislation affecting women, to wit:

Many women think Hagan's focus on the Heartbeat legislation (LINK) is not in the overall interest of women.

It seems to the SCPR that way for Hagan to make her name with women and thereby strengthen all of humanity is not pushing the Heartbeat bill.

But rather to become a driving force for February 15 of each and every year as a date set aside to honor the pioneer Suffragette Susan B. Anthony and thereby putting the power of government behind women's drive toward gender parity.

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