South Carolina undervalues its women

First Posted: 12:51 am - December 9th, 2015

Jordan Cooper - Contributing Columnist

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The first thing many people in South Carolina do when they want to make their residence a home is to get a deed — and occasionally that is with a significant other, through matrimony.

Both of these things you need to file a court document for. Notably, for every 10 judges in South Carolina, there may be three who are women, according to the National Association of Women Judges. Moreover, as you spend your first day in your new home and turn to the evening news on your electronic device, you may notice that only about a third of people leading the newsroom are women.

Then, if you want to go on a impromptu excursion to see your congressman, you’ll find out that about 20 percent of them are women, and there happen to be no congresswomen in South Carolina. Still, this is the people’s pickings and we must respect it.

Plus, more than 33 percent of women are in poverty, or on the cusp, of it, and women are paid 23 percent less than men. But more women have college degrees in the United States than men do, based on statistics. There is something baffling about this apparently incongruous imbalance. The majority of people in the United States are women.

Yet, it seems we are still living in the days of the show “I Love Lucy,” where women take care of the house, and men provide — even the domestic violence. South Carolina ranks first in women murdered by men. We all don’t deserve this type of atmosphere in South Carolina.

Women are underpaid, snubbed and bludgeoned too much. Our people deserve a better outlook on life than what we are giving them at this time.

There doesn’t need to be a government solution for it — we must come together in our communities to make people aware of the inequities that are impeding the growth of our state. There need to be more initiatives in secondary education to motivate women to go into public-spirited industries and programs to keep our men nonviolent forever.

All women don’t have to be as financially or politically successful as Darla Moore, Jenny Sanford or Nikki Haley. They aged deep into their adulthood before they attained this success, but every South Carolinian should be afforded the opportunity for a gainful, gleeful life.

Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.


Jordan Cooper

Contributing Columnist



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