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Re: “Trump has led way to employment, not despair,” by Tom Haitema, Friday:
The writer may have missed the last hundred years of American history, as he so clearly reveals by his statement in his letter. He so unequivocally states in his effort to criticize the points of the letter he was responding to: “millions of women marching to finally get equal rights, equal pay and equal justice” are nonsensical and occurred years ago. Equality under the law has been in place for a long time.”
Sorry, but that simply is not true — unless you live in Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg or Sweden. Globally, women have three fourths of the legal rights of men, according to the World Bank Index — with the U.S. ranking at 83.75 out of 100. That rank has remained flat for 10 years, which is no surprise to those who have an awareness of the political climate of the country over those years.
Apparently, the writer has had his head in the sand for quite a few decades. Or perhaps he wants to spread disinformation that states what he wishes were true. Either way, not a very responsible thing to do. I encourage a look at the actual history, not history the way you wish it was written, but the factual history of the fight for equality of rights for all in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Review and study of scientifically valid research and keeping an open mind provide opportunities for true enlightenment and prevents the spread of propaganda and misinformation to a public that deserves the truth.
Nancy N. Hawley
The writer is president of the Democratic Women of Wilson County.