Women are not men.
International Women’s Day: “Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.”
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
Parity means equivalent, similarity, uniformity. When you look at the differences between a woman and a man, it is clear there are differences. Even science confirms the difference between the male brain and the female brain.
Why, then, are we trying to close the gap and create “parity” where and try to squash God’s design? What purpose does it serve? Who or what will be glorified in the success of “parity?”
Before you jump to conclusions, let me challenge the assumptions around gender equality:
- I have no problem with a woman who is qualified to earn as much as a man in the workplace for her contribution. I think we can all agree on that.
- I believe we can encourage young girls to dream and reach their goals in a healthy way without their “womanhood” being threatened or compromised.
- I believe whether man or woman, we should respect everyone – it has nothing to do with gender.
- I do not believe that one gender is superior over another – both have unique qualities that should be celebrated not berated.
In the paragraph above, there is a juxtaposition that is subtle but profound. Even in the statement, there is evidence of trying to mold women into the role of a man and at the same time celebrate their uniqueness. How is that possible?
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
In an effort to fight for the rights of women to be respected in all areas of the workplace, the pendulum has swung far to the left to deny women the right to simply be women and rejoice in how God created them without having to conform to a message of “parity.” Let’s instead, encourage women to be the very best they were designed to be and find their identity, not in cultural parity, but in Christ alone.