I was talking with Paul Elam after his 2013 interview with Elizabeth Vargas for a 20/20 episode that never made it to the screen. Paul mentioned that one of the things he had told Vargas was that equality would be a step down for women. He said it stopped her in her tracks. She was speechless as he explained his reasons. This video is a video version of that conversation. Many thanks to Paul for his help in writing the script.
I remember as a boy that I really wanted to be a pro baseball player like Harmon Killebrew. I dreamed and wanted the accolades, the fans, the home runs and all the good stuff but was not the least bit interested nor even aware of the workouts, the grueling practices or any of the lifestyle that would be necessary even if I had the necessary talent. I think some of that is going on today. More importantly, in today's world we need to get jobs in baseball or in other workplaces based not on skin color, sex, religion or just about any other category other than the talent and skills that are needed to get the job done. Finding the most qualified candidate is a win for everyone especially when we do it based on character, skills, knowledge and talent and not on skin color or sex or religion.
See what you think of the video.
1.4 to 1 ratio of men dying from disease http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf
Deaths in 2010 2,468,435 men 1,028,510 women died and 1,439,920 men difference is 411,000
circumcision http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/births.htm http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6034a4.htm?s_cid=mm6034a4_w
21 million college students http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=98 percent female http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccap/2012/02/16/the-male-female-ratio-in-college/
females are about 57% of all college students = about 12 million girls. and 9 million boys. about 3 million would need to go.
Murder 2010 males 10,978 females 3044 difference 7754 almost one murder an hour http://projects.wsj.com/murderdata/#view=all&y=2010
Garbage collectors NYC 200 out of 7000 http://www.wnyc.org/story/77923-city-honors-female-garbage-collectors/
sewage 5 of 426 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/agency-man-world-women-sewer-workers-sue-dep-unfair-treatment-article-1.418539
workplace fatalities 4383 93%=4073-male 310 women 10 per day 3763 needed to be equal with men every two hours http://www.bls.gov/iif/
Prisons - total 2.418 million women=113 thousand men = 2.305 million total needed to catch up 2.192 million http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States
Mental impairment - 4.6 million have intellectual disabilites need nearly one million girls to make things equal http://mn.gov/mnddc/parallels2/pdf/80s/82/82-PMR-ARC.pdf
life expectancy - lop off 5 (4.9) years of women's lives http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_03.pdf
http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-ceos-fortune-1000 4.2% of fortune 500 4.5% of fortune 1000 http://www.circumcision.org/response.htm prior to 1985 no anesthesia with circ 88 million males in US born before 1985 % males in us circumcised = 57% = 50,160,000
homelessness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness male 75% total for us 650,000 487,000 males 162,000 females need 325,000 homeless females to reach the number of males
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/women-and-death-penalty#facts women are only 2.1% of those who are executed. murder and women http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/wo.pdf
women are 9% of the construction workforce
3% construction laborers
5% fishing and logging
Men are good, as are you!
Equality: A Step Down for Women?