So, what, bigger problems do women across the globe face? Hmmm, let’s think.
1. The glass ceiling, and the infamous wage gap
2. Catcalling and harassment
3. Lack of representation in politics and so forth
4. Absurd, unrealistic expectations about how we ‘should’ look
5. Lack of educational opportunities across the globe
6. Child marriage
7. There is a lack of affordable and competent child care in many countries
9. In some countries, women are still unable to vote
10. In countries such as Saudi Arabia, women are unable to have a fair trial, as the testimony of one man equals that of two women’.
First, it is important to note that it is not just women that face many of the issues mentioned above.
Second, in case I haven’t yet got my point across, crisps are the least of our worries. The boss of PepsiCo (the company which owns Doritos) is a woman – her name is Indra Nooyi. Considering she is a female who has presumably faced at least some of the issues so many do, you might think she would realise that her new oh so genius product is quite frankly a preposterous idea. She has so much money, so much power; why not launch a campaign that will help less fortunate members of society, rather than aiming to increase her (obscene) wealth? She could still sell her crisps, help women with real, genuine problems and make a profit. Clearly, her logic has gone out the window.
These crisps are apparently going to be smaller, will make less of a crunching noise, will crumble less and will fit inside our handbags better. Do we care? No, we really do not. Is this going to improve our quality of life? No, it is not. Is this actually helping women in any way whatsoever? Nope, not at all.
Marion O’Brien Donovan was an American inventor and entrepreneur. She is best known for developing the first waterproof disposable diaper, a feat which earned her election to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015.
Born: October 15, 1917, Fort Wayne, IN
Died: November 4, 1998, New York City, NY
Notable award: National Inventors Hall of Fame
Education: Yale University, Rosemont College
Children: Christine Donovan, James F. Donovan Jr., Sharon Donovan Dodd
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DISCRIMINATION.
Yesterday, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson announced a change to the agency’s mission statement: removing “promises of inclusion and discrimination-free communities.” The new mission statement promotes “self-sufficiency,” an oft-used phrase by Trump officials. The changes to HUD’s mission statement are unfortunately unsurprising, given that the Trump administration has been particularly harmful to communities of color. And, they fall in line with Trump’s personal history of discriminating against African Americans for spots in his properties.
At the same time that Carson is removing important anti-discrimination language and telling people to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, he’s proposing huge cuts to programs that ensure underserved communities can get a helping hand. For example, cuts to rental assistance programs “would likely price more than half a million households out of their subsidized homes.” And these types of cuts and policies changes may even be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has ruled “that policies that segregate minorities in poor neighborhoods, even if they do so unintentionally, violate the Fair Housing Act.” At the same time, HUD is ordering “lounge furniture” to the tune of $165,000.
At a moment where we are called to reflect on why the structural issues and policy recommendations outlined in the 1968 Kerner Commission report remains ever-relevant 50 years later, it’s clear where Carson’s priorities lie—and it’s not with the under-resourced and marginalized populations that need HUD’s assistance the most.