“Two dozen Democratic women from the U.S. House of Representatives brought the charge that Republicans are waging a ‘war on women’ to the party’s convention stage on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. The political pressure group EMILY’s List is keeping a calendar tracking day-by-day developments in the “war on women.” And at least one left-wing group calls our country the United States of Misogyny, presumably because of the fallout from this on-going “war.”
Men, let’s wave the white flag. If we have, indeed, been waging a war, we’ve botched it completely. Women have never been better off in any society, anywhere, ever, than they are in the United States in 2012.
For example, “Single young women in their sexual prime—that is, their 20s and early 30s, the same age as the women at the business-¬school party—are for the first time in history more success¬ful, on average, than the single young men around them,” notes Hanna Rosin in The Atlantic magazine. “They are more likely to have a college degree and, in aggregate, they make more money.”
They’re also safer. A paragraph from Rosin’s story is worth quoting in full: “One of the great crime stories of the past 20 years, meanwhile, is the dramatic decline of rape and sexual assault. Between 1993 and 2008, the rate of those crimes against females dropped by 70 percent nationally. When women were financially dependent on men, leaving an abusive situation was much harder for them. But now women who in earlier eras might have stayed in such relationships can leave or, more often, kick men out of the house. Women, argues Mike Males, a criminologist at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, ‘have achieved a great deal more power. And that makes them a lot harder to victimize.’”
The so-called war is falling short on athletic fields as well. Female athletes dominated the headlines at the recently completed Olympics, and seem likely to dominate the celebrity endorsement deals as well.