Thanks to the Google doodle, I noticed that this is International Women’s Day. (I wonder if there is an International Men’s Day. I have never seen such a doodle.)
Never missing an opportunity to be current, I feel obligated to comment this momentous (isn’t great the women are noticed and honored) or sad (why only one day a year?) occasion.
I have long believed in equality (except when I expect my wife and daughter to agree with my or do what I want...which happens frequently, but that’s another issue). I am not threatened by intelligent, talented, or tenacious women. I have benefited from choosing ones as partners (I had no say in my daughter) and hiring several, when I was a manager.
My feelings about equality and lack of fear of the opposite sex probably started with my mother, but were enhanced in college. It was rumored that entrance requirements were more stringent for women, and there were certainly plenty of smart, striving ones roaming around campus. I never felt threatened by those achieving higher grades.
I was fortunate to find a wife that is more intelligent then I am. (That is not her most enduring quality: putting up with me is.) She is smart, driven, and successful And, she is the ideal example of an emancipated women: she manages the household, cooks, and has grown a thriving business. Like anyone, she occasionally complains about the burdens, but handles both with ease and would not give up either.
Finally, I believe in intelligent and emancipated women, because I do not know what I would discuss with a bimbo...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.