04/13/2005: More about those Women's rights...
Speaking of the "empowerment" of women, Jonathan Gurwitz (San Antonio Express-news) writes in this article The spread of democracy carries hope for women.
"...Where women have full legal rights, where societies afford them the same educational, economic and political opportunities as men, freedom is ascendant. Where violence, human rights abuse and every form of deprivation reign, women are generally excluded from full participation in civic life...
...With deference to critics who believe there to be no innate differences between men and women, among the best help we can offer is the sociological observation of Alexis de Tocqueville, the great biographer of American democracy, that women exert a moderating influence on society.
For the same reasons that men are more likely to be criminals than women — there are, for instance, 15 times more men than women behind bars in the United States — patriarchal societies that particularly limit opportunities for their wives and daughters will more generally be the most deplorable."
Until this sad fact is remedied on a world wide basis it will be as Gurwitz noted about the rally outside of the Kuwaiti Parliament last month where hundreds of female and male protesters called for women's suffrage bearing signs claiming:
"Half a democracy is not a democracy."
Karen on 04.13.05 @ 06:50 AM CST