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In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM

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Around the world, on the front-line of the battle against COVID-19, are doctors, nurses, EMTs, technicians, cleaners, porters, administrators, volunteers, and other health care workers, daily risking infection and death to provide others with selfless care.
They are overwhelmingly female and disproportionately Black, Asian, and other minorities. Their hours are long; their pay, benefits, and job security too often inadequate; while the efforts taken for their health and safety have commonly been insufficient.

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All of them are putting their lives at risk for others – for you and for me – because that is what they do. Estimates are that they represent more than 7% of documented COVID cases. And they are dying every day – with that death toll rising rapidly. No one knows for sure how many of these heroes we have lost: They are the “unsung” – there is often no tally of their death and their names are usually not recorded for posterity.

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Their sacrifice must not be forgotten … and it must not be in vain!
Mourn their loss, but most importantly, in loving honor of their memory, commit to fighting for all workers to get the protections they need for their safety and health, for real jobs with security and benefits, for a living-wage, and for equality.

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Super Heroes

Super-heroes work quietly, unrecognized, for the good of others.



They clean up the world’s mess; they care for the helpless; they comfort the innocent.



Time to turn housewives into super-heroes.
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½ of Total National Output

Women workers contribute 40% of GDP in developed nations, but what if housework was included in Gross National Product?

In developed economies women produce about 40% of official GDP.

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However, women also do most of the housework – 70% of it. If the value of this housework (calculated at the average wage for a nanny or domestic – that is, at artificially low wages) were included in GNP, then we would produce significantly over ½ of total national output.

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What our contribution to economic wealth would be if the true value to Society of “women’s work” was recognized, and we were compensated the way sports celebrities are, is mind boggling.

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Uxorious Platitudes

Those who extol motherhood the highest are those who expect you to sacrifice the most to achieve it.



They unctuously ooze uxorious platitudes … ohhhh, we soooo value the important work of mothers at home caring for the family.



But not enough to pay you.
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What Do Moms Deserve?

The family values crowd talks endlessly about our “precious” children and that they deserve loving care by their moms.

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What do moms deserve?

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Better than a dead-end, unpaid job with no pension, no benefits and no recognition. Better than to be run to death by work.
Better than to be trapped in poverty.
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Mom: Society’s Future

Want to equate child care and motherhood with sacrifice in a world in which women have education and options?



Then get used to no children.



Proper support of mothers, and their children, is NOT entitlement.
It is NOT welfare … it is Society’s future.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Want women to stay at home?

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Time to put our societal money where our fundamentalist family values mouth is.

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Make motherhood a real career. Provide mothers with decent pay, medical benefits, a pension, and educational opportunities.

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No woman should ever be trapped in poverty because she chooses children.

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No mother should have to worry about her children because of losing her husband – whether due to abandonment, illness, or death. No mother should ever have to choose between an abusive husband and homelessness for herself and her kids.

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If we can afford sports and war, we can afford kids and stay-at-home moms.
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Assisted Living

Assisted Living

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Provides ongoing help with daily living for those who wish
to retain their independence.

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Typical services include:
> Cooking, housekeeping & laundry
> Personal care, dressing & grooming
> Minor medical care
> Health & exercise programs
>Transportation
> Educational, social, & cultural activities

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Considered appropriate for anyone who no longer wishes to live
on their own, but who does not need medical care.

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More economical than hiring a housekeeper, a chauffeur,
a personal assistant, and a nurse.

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Men have had assisted living for millennia.

It’s called marriage.
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The Next Feminist Revolution

The next feminist revolution: The back to Motherhood and Nurture movement.



For millennia, Motherhood was worshipped. It was a highly respected profession.



Time to go back 10,000 years and to reclaim our heritage … Mothers are the foundation of the world, the guardians of its future.



There is nothing unfeminist in choosing to be a Mother …



It is the most feminist of choices: PROVIDED it is a choice. PROVIDED it is respected. PROVIDED it is not a vow of poverty, fear, abuse, dependence, and enslavement.



Take back the Night?

Hell no! Time to take back the Family from the Right.
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Look on Man’s Mighty Works and Despair…

GDP not only fails to measure the value of mothers, it also fails to measure the value of Mother Earth.

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GDP is never reduced by the depletion of finite resources or by the degradation of our environment. GDP is increased by the damage we do to our planet, by species destruction, by ecological disaster, by increasing levels of pollution and by environmental diseases which destroy our health and our children’s future. GDP is always increased when we clean-up.

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Look on Man’s mighty works and despair …