We as a society still cannot wrap our minds around the fact that what’s good for women is also good for society as a whole.
It’s hard to be a woman in America. We are underpaid, harassed, overworked, economically insecure, under-represented in power positions and government, and stripped of autonomy over our own bodies. For women of color, the situation is exceptionally dire, as they fare worse than white women on nearly every social and economic metric.
The last 20 months have been a long, painful illustration of the steep cost the patriarchy exacts on us. Report after report, book after book, article after article have shown just how much women are suffering under patriarchal systems, institutions, policies and a culture all created to ensure our subjugation. Put simply, the patriarchy is an unjust tax women are forced to pay for living in a country and continues to center the desires and needs of men.