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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 27, 2014 / 26 Shevat, 5774

Make politics less toxic? Start by discounting Dem report on gender inequality

By Cathy Young





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink," the new release from the Shriver Report initiative led by journalist and author (and John F. Kennedy grandniece) Maria Shriver, arrived earlier this month with a splash of publicity.

Shriver presented the report to President Barack Obama; the president's erstwhile rival and possible successor, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is among its contributors. But what is the product behind the fanfare? The report, produced with a leading liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress, aims at a discussion of the challenges facing American women. Unfortunately, it misses the mark again and again.

The report's most promoted feature is a short piece by singer Beyonce Knowles titled "Gender Equality Is a Myth!" It focuses on the fact that American women still earn 77 cents to a man's dollar. There is an irresistible irony in this complaint coming from a woman who is one of the world's highest-paid entertainers. The piece shows no awareness that the pay gap is a result of many factors, including women's family-related personal choices. Instead, it is treated as a simple injustice, and both women and men are urged to demand that women be "granted equal pay and equal respect."

The report's article on the gender wage gap by Maya Harris, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, is an extended variation on the same argument.

Clinton's essay starts with the declaration that "women are not victims" (so far, so good), stresses the importance of the fight for women's rights worldwide, and acknowledges the strides American women have made in the workplace. But it also includes a particularly bizarre example of how America supposedly shortchanges women: the fact that women in the United States have a lower life expectancy than in other industrial nations. How is this a women's issue when American men, on average, die five years earlier than women?



This startling omission is typical of the report's attitude toward half of the U.S. population. There is extensive discussion of women and poverty — but not of the fact that, according to education, health and criminal justice statistics, low-income men are far less likely to complete high school or college and far more likely to end up in prison or dead.

There are a couple of welcome exceptions to this one-sidedness. The report's main chapter on children and marriage, which emphasizes better opportunities for single mothers, is accompanied by a response from Brookings Institution scholar Ron Haskins, who cautions not to give up on the two-parent family as the best environment for children.

The essay "What About the Fathers?" by public policy expert Kathryn Edin challenges the view of low-income unwed fathers as feckless deadbeats, arguing that they are often unwillingly pushed out of their children's lives.

Sadly, this is followed by a misinformation-laden chapter on male violence toward women, which repeats the inaccurate claim that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to American women (in fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it lags far behind accidental falls and car accidents).

In the end, the flaw is in the report's premise of "a woman's nation." Women's lives, for the most part, are inextricably linked to men's — and male problems in the workforce, education and family life should be vital national concerns. If the Democratic Party establishment embraces this female-centric view of America, we're in for another cycle of partisan politics made more toxic by gender politics.

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© 2013, Cathy Young. This originally appeared in Newsday.

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