Many American women are not feeling very patriotic this July 4th

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No fireworks, no parades, no BBQ, and definitely no blueberry strawberry whipped cream pennant cake. Many American women are kneeling on the 4th of July this year. And who could blame us?

“To stand in solidarity with Black women and not celebrate the Fourth of July because it’s certainly not Independence Day for us.” tweeted actress Rosanna Arquette. “It never was.”

One of the most important human rights, the control over one’s own body, is threatened with the decision of the Supreme Court Roe v. calf in a nation that has elections With one in five women experiencing an attempted or actual rape, it doesn’t feel like the land of freedom.

With women’s vulnerable place in the workforce being further destabilized by the pandemic and tepid advances on issues like equal pay being jeopardized, we don’t look like the home of the brave.

Women were hit hardest when schools and daycares were closed, especially Black, Latina and immigrant women. In more than 60 percent of the heterosexual households surveyed in Marketplace-Edison’s latest market research study, the mother took on the learning responsibilities of the children who were stuck at home.

This will delay women’s slow (very slow but steady) march to equal pay.

“Despite the Federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 and other protections for women, women and men will not, on average, reach wage parity until 2059, barring changes,” and “not until 2133 for black women or 2206 for Latinas,” according to the latest research by the National Partnership for Women and Families. Additionally, last fall’s United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said the pandemic has shifted those schedules around the world.

Where are all the opportunities to help kids now that Roe’s down?

None of these measures address America’s newest hurdle: forced motherhood. Through social media and among friends, women, especially white women, are expressing solidarity with the marginalized who have long refrained from celebrating our imperfect union, or at least questioned what it could be if it lives up to the ideals it teaches would our elementary school classroom.

I wasn’t feeling too festive either. I’ll be leaving town next week, and preparing for the trip was high on my list over the bank holiday weekend, giving me the simple excuse to say goodbye to the sweaty grilling, picnic packing, and planning that characterizes the invisible work of most women around the house while the men helpfully hold the beer.

So I let them fend for themselves over the weekend and headed to a neighborhood pantry for a future column. I drove past the Supreme Court, whose road was still closed after waves of protests, and remembered the emotions I experienced there.

It was the same emotion I saw when proclaimed pacesetter Donald Trump took office five years ago, and when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in state two years ago. Women saw it coming. Our rights evaporated.

Then, walking west, I saw the fence erected to control the Fourth of July fireworks display around the Capitol. It made me uneasy and reminded me of that day in January last year when I was jostled by crowds who tore down those gentle barricades and stormed the building.

There was as much red, white and blue as you would see at any hometown parade on Independence Day. But it was bright. And the crowd broke windows and smeared feces inside the Capitol.

What have we become over the years? Will the nation go backwards with women’s rights? Where exactly are we going from here?

“Would you like some extra produce, Stanley?” Sara Schwartz asked a retired veteran who walked into the pantry that day. The veteran gladly accepted the apples. “I couldn’t do it without these women,” he said. Without these women.

A family of Afghan refugees arrived in a van from Virginia.

“Yes, they’re here every week,” said Judith Ingram, a federal government worker who thought she should do something constructive with the extra two hours she had each day after the work-from-home ordinance cut her commute time of work had shortened pandemic.

She began delivering food donations to seniors who couldn’t venture out amid the pandemic. And the network of those in need grew until she opened a food bank. Every Sunday a line forms down the street waiting for the doors to open and for the women and two male volunteers to offer help they can’t get anywhere else.

What do we do now? Follow the women.

During the Revolutionary War, they ran farms, homesteads, businesses, towns, and newspapers while raising families. Generations of enslaved women and their children formed the basis of our wealth and power. For every war that brought medals and monuments to men, women kept the rest of the nation running and earned little except grudging acceptance.

All this without mentioning the word “women” in the Constitution. From the founding of the nation to the turmoil of today, they have led all along.

Take a knee and sit down, ladies. We deserve a break. We deserve equal rights. And we deserve the respect of the nation. Many American women are not feeling very patriotic this July 4th

Dustin Huang

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