True equality has not yet been achieved in the opinion of
Pamela Staszak, guest speaker at the Women's Equality Day Observance
"I understand there must be a balance on the scale, a give
and take, but I believe that the dilemma of motherhood continues to be
a stopgap for women's rights across the board, " said Staszak.
Staszak addresses the Women's Equality Day Observance audience.
Staszak drew from her personal experiences and research to talk
about equality. (Photo by
Staszak, an educator and spouse of the installation commander,
reflected on the challenges that a career, marriage, motherhood and
being a military family member present to a woman.
Staszak related some of her experiences as a geographically
single parent to show the impact of the military on a spouse's life.
These experiences made her "see that not only mothering, but also
the military are dimensions that I have to take and to expect as I
live my life."
She drew from researched facts and figures as well as personal
experience to demonstrate the undervaluation of primary caregivers of
Staszak cited statistics that indicate economic disparities
exist between men and women because, among other factors, women take
time off to be a parent and choose lower paying jobs such as teaching
and social work.
Staszak noted that this lack of value placed on parenting
deprives not only women, but also men of equality.
"By not addressing the time spent in a caring and
nurturing role, " Staszak said, "we limit not only the
recognition of the full potential of women who primarily take these
roles. We also limit males from truly experiencing the full force of
their nurturing. "
Fort McCoy Equal Employment Opportunity and Equal Opportunity offices
sponsored the Women's Equality Day Observance.