Steve Martaindale

Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series

45. Power women

women voices

It is 45 days until the next U.S. congressional midterm election.

Have you read any of the #WhyDidntIReport posts on Twitter and Facebook?

It grew out of Donald Trump’s malicious tweet directed at Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has raised the charge she was sexually assaulted by the Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh. The president basically said she was lying because he thought she would have surely reported an assault when it happened.

If you’re smart enough to click on a link to read this blog, you understand – to some degree, at least – how a woman might not file a police report, especially a few decades ago. Trump does not have that basic sense of empathy.

People – men and women – responded with their stories about how they were not believed, how they felt it must have been their fault, how they were too frightened. The stories are heart-breaking.

But what makes them even worse is watching elected leaders at the highest levels of our government as they continue to do the same thing.

Dr. Ford’s testimony must be heard without efforts to reduce her status simply because she is the feminine party of a “he said, she said” argument. To assist, a full FBI investigation must be conducted.

I am tired of watching men, mostly old men, mostly old white men, as they struggle to turn back the tide of Woman Power that is surely coming. I am convinced our lives will be better when we have at least equal representation of men and women, as I wrote almost a year ago.

We have many women running for offices around the country. Give them fair and careful consideration when you vote this fall.

And start believing women when they speak up.

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