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Re: “Women still deprived of equal rights” by Nancy N. Hawley, Tuesday:
The writer objects to my assertion that, in the United States, women are treated on par with men. The writer objects to my thesis by citing a statistic from the World Bank Index of Women, Business and the Law indicating the U.S. has a score of 87.5% of parity with men. I took the time to look at the methodology and found that the only area where the U.S. differs from European counterparts in economic freedom, as defined by the World Bank, is in a lack of mandated family leave.
That has recently changed, so perhaps our ranking will go up. Whoop-ti-do! Does a ranking from the World Bank really matter when hard statistics on the ground tell a more complete and unbiased story?
The writer then lashes out that the last decade’s political climate has propitiated a negative environment for women. The presidency was held by the Democrats for seven of the last 10 years, so we can conclude that Ms. Hawley’s party has fomented that negative ambiance.
Given that the thrust of the argument was that in the U.S., women have it pretty good, that the writer attempts to muddy the water by bringing in the unfortunate circumstances of women worldwide does nothing to refute the original thesis.
Cannot the writer and other members of her party just accept that the Trump presidency has been good for all U.S. citizens willing to take advantage of improved economic conditions? If their candidate feels he can do better, let those propositions be known and the American voter will decide.