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Section A: General News


Editorial: Men and women were created equal! Really?




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Tracy Joseph Bogert
Guest Editorial
April 11, 2012 | 1,886 views | 34 comments

Men and women were created by God and should be equal. You would think this statement would be difficult to refute after 164 years of the women’s movement in the United States. However, in 2012 it seems that some ideas and sentiments have changed little since 1848 or even 1912.

In 1848 in New York, at the first women’s rights convention, the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions was drafted by Elizabeth Stanton. Based on the American Declaration of Independence, the Sentiments demanded equality with men before the law, in education, and employment. Also at this convention was the first inkling of women demanding the right to vote. The Declaration of Sentiments was based on the American Declaration of Independence. Basically the resolutions were made to help give women more power in the work place and education. Most of the ideals in the modern women’s movement were drafted from these articles, including equal pay for equal work for men and women. Also these articles state that if laws were going to be made about women, for women, and against women, then women should have the right to run for elective office.

Before this time women had no right to basic education, equal pay, or to even keep her pay if she worked. They had no rights at all, not even to speak in public. Women also did not have the right to vote. Also during the time frame of Elizabeth Stanton, another woman -- Susan B. Anthony -- became involved in the national debate about women’s rights.

Anthony is known as the founder of the women’s suffrage movement. At one time in her life, Anthony was arrested, tried, and convicted of actually having the audacity to vote in a presidential election. For six decades, Anthony devoted her life to the suffrage movement. In 1920, 14 years after Anthony’s death, following assiduous campaigning, women were given the right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920, by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

With all of these gains, some things did not change. It seems some institutions are run by people that are so bigoted, they cannot see the forest for the trees and are so dumb they do not know it is 2012. This week April 6, as I am writing this article, the Master’s Golf Tournament is taking place at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Augusta has been all male since its opening in 1933. While women are allowed to play as guests of members, their formal exclusion from the club has led to heated political discussion and protests. This year’s tournament has two wrenches thrown into the spokes at the tournament. IBM Corp. is an official sponsor of the Master’s. IBM’s CEO is normally given a membership in the club. At the time of the writing of this article, IBM CEO Virginia Rometty has not stated she has been given a membership. Also, today the White House hosted a summit aimed at women in the workplace. In my opinion, there have not been enough protests or people that have spoken up against the policies at Augusta. I applaud President Obama, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and John McCain for making public statements --that women should be allowed membership at Augusta.

However, in my opinion this will not be enough. I believe if someone who actually plays at the Master’s would take a stand, things would change. Tiger Woods has enjoyed the easy road paved by men and women who lost their lives fighting for the rights of blacks to be involved in the voting process as well as other institutions such as Augusta. Augusta allowed blacks to obtain membership in 1990.

Unfortunately, Tiger has failed to take the baton passed to him by other athletes and civil rights leaders and speak out in favor of allowing women membership at Augusta. I guarantee that if Woods threatened to boycott the Master’s, you would instantly see their doors open fully for women. Unfortunately, Woods seems to think that women are only good for fornicating and making porn movies. I think it is hilarious that at this writing Woods had a horrendous day at the Masters and I sincerely hope his bad karma continues. Let’s not just lay the blame at Tiger’s feet; Phil Mickelson and other greats could also voice some disapproval. However, again they all seem to want to make more money and could care less that women are seen as inferior in the state of Georgia.

I understand that this article will not be read by as many people as a big-city newspaper. I do, however, also feel that if we do not speak out against outdated and bigoted policies such as not allowing female members at Augusta, then women will continue to be treated as second-class citizens.

Tracy Joseph Bogert, an eighth-generation Texan, resides in Somerset and is active in the Democratic Party.
 

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Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
April 18, 2012 10:11am
 
I'm having a hard time with understanding this message from someone who is "active in the democratic party". Are you asking for equality for the evil stay at home mothers, or for Columbian prostitutes hanging out ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 16, 2012 8:26am
 
"Rock n"...I suppose you can put Chanel #5 on a skunk, but it won't smell any better, will it? It's amazing how the far left leaning Democrats try to change the common name of events, programs, and views ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
April 16, 2012 6:33am
 
I'm waiting for the Socialist Democrats to come out of the closet and start owning who they are. At least in France, the socialists there don't hide befind these phony issues to trick women into voting for socialism. Time ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 15, 2012 8:44pm
 
Personally, I am waiting for men to become equal to women.

 
Tracy Bogert  
Von Ormy, TX  
April 15, 2012 6:42pm
 
Nobody said anything about pampered ladies. I think i did mention getting treated fairly.

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
April 13, 2012 12:56pm
 
I didn't mean to include the El Groucho when referring to the Left flank salvos. We all know where you stand.... eh, sit... fall down... find yourself. And I do apologize for the length of my ramblings. What can I say.... ... More ›

 
T-Bone Pickens  
Poth  
April 13, 2012 12:34pm
 
I imagine the strip club that is coming to Poth will have only female strippers. That is totally sexist in my opinion. I think the new ordinance should force them to open of a male strip joint as well. Need a place for the ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 13, 2012 12:19pm
 
Rambler.....salvo from the left.....you must have liberal mixed up with libertarian.....Heck, I'd vote for you if I didn't have to endure your speeches....

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
April 13, 2012 11:27am
 
"(Obnoxious Delusional Demagoguery)" That may be true and a good diagnosis, Dr. Spock. Talking head induced Tourette's syndrome, or spontaneous swearing at the TV, is also a frequent side effect of ODD. I ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
April 13, 2012 11:03am
 
"the editorial guest likes to throw chum on the water and watch people argue." I think the motivation for throwing "chum" on the water is far more calculated and insidious. He's trolling for voters, ... More ›

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