Health Should Be Everyone’s Issue
April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
It shocks me that even though women make up more than half of the U.S. population, women can’t seem to achieve equal health care benefits. However, I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me due to the fact that we live in a patriarchal society. I guess what shocks me more is that this hasn’t been brought to the forefront more than it has. It’s clearly an issue when women have more health care needs and expenses, are still charged more than men, and are more likely to be uninsured. It’s an even bigger issue that because of lack of insurance many women don’t seek the health care they need. The fact that equal health care benefits for women is even an issue just shows the lack of respect society has for them, in my opinion. I applaud DeLorey for encouraging others to become involved in advocating this issue. She is presenting a perfect example of empowerment—stating the issue, stating what should be done, and attempting to raise awareness. The only thing I don’t really agree with in this essay is when she states that “the only way to achieve an adequate health system for women is for women to work together to have our voices heard.” I believe everyone should want women to have adequate health care and all should make this situation a priority in health care issues. And I feel like anyone who doesn’t support adequate health care for women should think about the women in their life—their mother, grandmother, wife, daughter–and rethink their misguided stance.