By George E. Taylor, Opinion Writer
The world celebrated March 8 to commemorate the movement for women’s rights. Two days later a female world leader is impeached on corruption charge, less than a year since another female world leader was removed from office on similar charges.
The corruption charges, to my understanding, did not accuse these women of personally benefitting from the situations surrounding their charges, instead, it is alleged they lied in an attempt to cover the truth. Bottom-line, they were removed from office for lying. Impeachment because of corruption. Seriously?
A few months back a female was determined an unacceptable choice to lead her country because she was largely perceived as dishonest; but instead a male who is internationally flagrant for being incapable of controlling his enormous appetite for falsehoods, became the 24-karat. Since 2005, the world has seen 22 female world leaders that were elected or appointed to serve in capacities including, Chancellor,
President, and Prime Minister. Today the number of women world leaders has again diminished because society decided to use a different set of standards for women. Would Park Geun-hye and Dilma Rousseff have been impeached if they were men? Personally, I would say no, though I may be wrong.
Honoring and recognizing women, as equals cannot be limited to Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day. If the world must see its true potential, we must stop using unbalanced and biased standards towards women, judging or disparaging them on simple technicalities that we would dare not apply to men. Society has to step up its game and deviate from antique mind-sets. Perhaps some of us are cowed that women could become too powerful if we deviate and live with them as equals, but the world has only gotten better each time we dare to deviate; so be bold, be daring and deviate. Just as electing a black president was not the end of racism in America, electing a female leader does not end the work for women rights. Start now and dare to deviate by treating women as equals. Bear in mind that being your equal doesn’t mean that you stop opening the door for her or offering her your seat when she is standing.