Sheryl is Wrong: Bossy’s Fine. Let’s Ban Double Standards Instead

As the father of three daughters, I support Sheryl Sandberg’s message that girls can lead. But I don’t support her other messages: First, it’s okay to use half-truths, twisted data, inaccurate and outdated information, and outright lies to get what you want. Second, women and girls aren’t smart enough to make their own life choices. Third, you don’t need to work hard to achieve success—the world owes you something just because you’re female.

Here are just a few examples.
Sandberg wants “equality” in the workplace, and drags out the old canard that there’s a male/female pay gap—and that that gap is the result of discrimination against women. The truth? Yes, the total amount of money earned by men is greater than the total earned by women. But that is largely a function of the different choices men and women make. Men put in about 50% more hours at work than women and, more importantly, men dominate in fields where there is less flexibility, more danger, and higher salaries, while women dominate in fields that offer more flexibility and, unfortunately, less income.

So, Sheryl, how much workplace equality do you really want? Ninety-five percent of people who die on the job are men. And two thirds of the unemployed are men. Where’s the outrage, Sheryl? Do you really want equal representation for males and females?
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Why Does U.S. Life Expectancy Lag Behind Other Countries?

If you look at the raw data on life expectancy at birth in industrialized countries, you’ll notice right away that Americans are pretty close to the bottom of the pile. And while life expectancy in the US has increased over time, we haven’t kept pace with other high-income countries. The fact that Americans live shorter […]

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month – Celebrate and Spread the Word!

I have often admired the strength and courage parents of children with Down Syndrome must have.  With October begin Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Julie Cevallos, who’s the VP of Marketing at the National Down Syndrome Society, gives those of us without a child with DS a wonderful lesson, and those who do, a reason to celebrate.

October means a lot of things to a lot of people; crunchy leaves, apple cider, Major League Baseball playoffs, final Halloween costume decisions. But for those of us with a connection to Down syndrome, October takes on an added meaning. October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which is the perfect time to inform our friends, our families and ourselves about Down syndrome and people who have it. People with Down syndrome have come a long way in recent years due to improved healthcare and inclusion in society. In 1983 the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was 25. Today it is 60! People with Down syndrome are included in elementary school, high school and college. They hold jobs, maintain relationships and contribute to society in a number of ways. If you don’t know someone with Down syndrome you might not have heard this before. By reading this you are already doing your part to raise awareness this October.

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