The COVID-19 pandemic has not only put a huge strain on women experiencing violence from the men in their lives, it’s also stretching Women’s Resources, the local agency that serves them, to the breaking point. Many women are now trapped in isolation with their abusers, and even if they are able to find a chance to leave, the agency has to find them a place to quarantine for 14 days before they can enter the shelter in Lindsay.
I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by strong women, many of whom — for the time — had non-traditional roles. I remember it being a point of pride that my mother was the first woman hired to perform what was then defined as a “man’s job” (pot-washer) at our local hospital back in the late 1970s.
Women and men think differently. Science has proven this; it is beyond the realm of opinion.
Because women think differently we have a glorious opportunity as a society — we can send more women to parliament, to our legislatures, and to our council chambers. But why not just send “the best” person, you may ask?
“A woman’s place is in the home” is a phrase that goes back nearly 25 centuries from a Greek play written in 467 B.C. by Aeschylus. Women have always worked, but the emphasis on the home environment suggests that the unpaid work of child rearing, caring for the ill and elderly, cleaning and cooking should still fall on women.
The landscape has changed in Canada over the years as women have entered the labour market; opened their own businesses as entrepreneurs; completed post-secondary education in record numbers; and added volunteer hours in their communities. However, the old adage still applies – even though more men have stepped up, women continue to dominate the unpaid labour sectors in the home and community while adding significantly to the GDP.