By Ben Rager
I read the debate on economist.com about women’s role in society. The two debaters were Linda Basch and Christina Hoff Sommers. Ms. Basch believes that women belong in the workplace because it helps stimulate the economy and helps them realize their full potential as well as it is good for families and communities. On the other side of the debate, Ms. Sommers believes that women don’t have an assigned place in society, meaning in a free society like the U.S. supposedly is, they can choose where they wish to be. She goes on to say that for 5 million women in America, that happens to be at home as full time mothers.
My personal belief is in agreement with Ms. Sommers’ side of the debate. I believe that women should be able to choose where they wish to be in society. If a woman wants to be a full-time stay at home mom, then who are we as a people to stop her or tell her that she is wrong in her decision? Furthermore, it seems to me that with a lot of the country trying to tell people how to live their life, that this country has been more comfortable than it has ever been before with a controlling type of authority than with “freedom”. I also agree with a specific statement that Ms. Sommers made, “… the wage gap may be almost entirely the result of differences in choices made by individual male and female workers.” I strongly agree with Ms. Sommers’ point that if we were truly living in a “free” society, that people, especially women, would be able to choose where they want to be in society without having society itself telling her what she should be doing and how she should be living her life.