“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” As a child, I never understood that famous Yogi Berra, but as I’ve grown older (and so much wiser), it’s started to make much more sense, and it’s pretty applicable to a few conversations I’ve had in recent days. It seems as though there are quite a few people who are under the impression that gender inequality is no longer an issue. Women can vote, we can get a job, and we can do something with our lives other than find a husband and make babies, so that’s it right? Problem solved, let’s move on. Let’s just forget about all the work that still needs to be done, let’s not worry about the unequal wages, the danger, the harassment, the objectification, and so much more. Those are just little things, and they’ll probably sort themselves out on their own, right?
I trust I don’t need to point out that this is sarcasm.
Simply because we have overcome some of the more obvious obstacles does not mean we have achieved our goal, not even close. When slavery was abolished, that was not the end of all race-related problems, and it’s the same with gender equality. We’ve gotten over a few major humps, but we still need to continue moving forward. Men and women alike need to continue fighting for equality across the board. Yes, you heard me (read me?), men too. We can’t fight this fight alone, and we shouldn’t have to. Both guys and gals have to persist if we ever want to achieve our goals.
I highly doubt this was what Yogi Berra was talking about when he said that, but boy, did he nail it. It ain’t over ‘til it’s over, and trust me, it’s far from over.