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WOMEN: Empowerment of females lifts societies

Letter by John B. Hornby, Gig Harbor on April 6, 2011 at 11:50 am with 28 Comments »
April 6, 2011 12:19 pm

Kathleen Parker’s “Women aren’t a side issue, they are the main issue” (column, 4-5) asserts that protecting women should be at the core of our foreign policy.

How true. It is in our strategic interest to save women and children of the world through U.S. development efforts. If given the chance, women can be the stabilizing elements of any society. Educating children to at least the primary level, especially girls, provides the economic and personal empowerment allowing them to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.

Microcredit programs that reach out to women in poverty offer them an alternative to a life of despair, providing them with the income they need to start small businesses and earn a living with dignity. Women themselves benefit within the home and community from the higher social status they achieve when they are able to provide income.

As Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, “Development is a lot cheaper than sendiEmpng soldiers.”

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  1. redneckbuck says:

    Totally agree, since the men of this world and not standing up and doing the right things.

  2. I think all women should be on equal footing with the men. “That includes being assigned to infantry units if they choose to enlist in the military service.
    “That also includes being a tank commander. ENOUGH SAID!

  3. truthbusterguy says:

    Women could help the world with issues like over population, to many abortions, missing fathers and families raised on welfare if they would empower themselves by using birth control or keeping their legs crossed.

    Better yet, practice abstinence.

  4. uscha, great comment. Having spent many years working on tanks, I agree totally. I think women who want to be in combat units should be afforded the opportunity. I can tell you that replacing the track on a tank in the mud is a great experience. Also, carrying the .50 caliber machine gun to and from the unit arms room to the tank and mounting it inside the tank is a real pleasure. Not to mention the many cold nights spent sleeping next to your tank in the snow and ice. Above all else, loading the ammo and target acquistion under pressure of the T.C. yelling in your ear is the ultimate joy. Bu all means girls, sign up!

  5. John I agree with your letter. Now, would you go over to the middle east and convince them also?

  6. In other words females belong in the home to be a comfort and convience of the male because She is the root of all evil.

  7. truthbusterguy says:

    Ask yourself, “is the family, the county, the society, really better off since women burned their bras.

    divorce up
    single family homes up
    cost of living up
    taxes up
    size of government up

    I am not blaming this on the ladies. I am just asking if you think this is a better country today than 40 years ago?

    Society has changed and I for one don’t think we are going in the right direction.

  8. truthbuster… 25% of american women are raped or sexually assaulted YOU AMERICAN MEN wont let women.. keeping their legs crossed (sic) …. as you put it. It’s curious.. cause thats often what rapists say about women… she should keep her legs crossed.. my question is.. why do you think the same as a rapist?

  9. TBG – you know squat; especially about what I thank.

    Sue – maybe because most men feel threatened when they get shown up by the supposedly weaker sex.

  10. So wonderful that this letter prompted so much misogyny from the resident Birch Society. You overcompensating boys (tanks! with those big guns!) keep revealing how small you really are.

  11. Sue, how do you think many women became successful? Do you honestly believe their success was based on sheer intelligence? Balderbash!

  12. Omega6234 says:


  13. Sue, “American men won’t let women keep their legs crossed”? What’s the secret? Snapping fingers? Mental telepathy? Just how is it that men cause this to happen?

  14. beerboy, “you overcompensating boys, (tanks, with those big guns) keep revealing how small you really are”? What’s the point b.b.? If you have one. If you’re really nice to me, I’ll let you actually touch a tank and if you’re really nice, maybe I can arrange for you to take a ride on one. You know, just like Michael Dukakis did. We may even be able to scrounge up a large helmet to fit your head.

  15. If it were not those “overcompensating boys (tanks with those big guns)”, Liberals were not be able to spread their garbage throughout the media.

  16. Omega6234 says:

    This post would be true if Women truly wanted empowerment. They want their cake and to eat it too. Women want to be treated equally, but also want special treatment. You want equal rights, open your own door, lift your own water bottle on the cooler, walk in the door behind me, pay for your own meals, change your own tire, dont call into sick for personal days every other week… then and only then will i treat a woman like an equal.

  17. Ah yes, a simple, truthful letter about women’s equality and we get an outburst of misogynistic responses. What a sad state of affairs for the 21st century.

  18. How many years has it been since women has had “equality”? What is it exactly that men are supposed to do, I’d bet that in most homes, women are the boss, otherwise I’d see more of them pushing the lawn mowers and taking out the trash.

  19. Judging by some of the remarks I would say the right wing thinks women are so important and useful that every man should own a couple or three.

  20. Dear_John says:

    Nah, it is much more economical to rent, xring.
    With ownership there is too much required maintenance.

  21. Dear John, amen to that!

  22. Look at Frosty’s post to me … attempting to excuse rapists… Isnt that beyond disgusting… American men do not treat women well… not when a full quarter of women are raped or sexually assaulted. That percentage is low because we know not all rapes are reported.
    So we have American men raping women with Frosty defending them in a newspaper..
    Republican males hate

    uscha says:
    April 7, 2011 at 7:45 am
    Sue, how do you think many women became successful? Do you honestly believe their success was based on sheer intelligence? Balderbash!

    Uscha are you trying to imply women sleep around to get their jobs or what?…. and can you explain to me why women are so threatening to you.. My own personal experience has taught me the minute a man needs to start to demean women for their own sad ego… i won the argument.
    Sure seems like a lot of Republican men want to rape and sexually assault women with impunity… After all.. the GOP in DC want to call a woman who has been raped.. the “accuser”….. not the victim. What does the word accuser imply? Oh.. that the woman is lying. The gopcult is as femiphobic and mysogynistic and they are sociopathic. Until we no longer have a republican party.. American women are not safe.

  23. Dear John, I sure if you keep looking you will find a woman who can and will do operator maintenance on you.

    Frosty, you need one to do depot level maintenance.

    Sue do you think these little boys are brave enough to say the same things in front of the wives and daughters?

  24. frankiethomas says:

    Right now the Republicans are holding a governemnt shutdown over our heads and the hingepin is funding of Planned Parenthood. UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS – a word you aren’t even allowed to SAY onthe floor of the Florida legislature too unseemly. . .

  25. Omega6234 says:

    Sue1234 – keep talking.. it just proves the point that women should be seen and not heard. I hope to all that is holy you never have children.

  26. sue1234, so republican men are raping women? Have you talked to your hero Billy-boy Clinton or bubba Edwards, Gary Hart or any number of demokrat politicians who have been found guilty of doing what you are accusing republicans of doing? You seem to have a very selective memory or you are woefully uninformed. As I said in an earlier post, liberals lie, cheat, steal and generally are wharf rats. You can take that to the bank.

  27. Frosty, how about giving us the rest of the list of Congressmen with a roving eye.

  28. xring, it’s not my job to educate you, go look it up yourself.

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