The “ladies of the Left” have been marching for equal rights --- or at least so they say. It is a source of puzzlement when attempting to ascertain what rights have been withheld from them. In a search for clarity it may be well to consider existing opportunities that have been expressed and utilized. For example: women have the right to serve in the military (even on the battlefield) and rise to the rank of general. They can serve in public office including state legislatures and Congress and even, oh yes, run for president. Many examples can be offered of the feminine gender rising to the top rung of the ladder in business and education --- even the president of leading universities. They have the prerogative to move and operate in the LGBTXYZ community or to remain single, marry traditionally, have children or kill the kid.
Virtually any profession can be pursued including scientist, astronaut, investment banker, doctor, lawyer, truck driver or airline pilot. Even addressing the subject will engender accusations of the old, worn out “male chauvinist pig” title which necessitates this caveat: a very accomplished woman manages our retirement portfolio, and our primary physician is of the same gender. We have confidence in both.
According to Hillary Clinton, today’s women have a right to be believed, unless, of course, the accused is, well…you know who! Any woman has the right to go to Walmart in her pajamas or to act stupid. She can smoke, drink, spit, chew, curse or be covered with tattoos with little fear of reprisal. She can use vulgar language to protest sexual harassment or even wear a provocative dress to do the same.
The modern female can be America’s Idol and make a boatload of money in the entertainment industry – even when not particularly attractive (several come to mind). She can attend a “liberal arts” college, become a teacher and propagandize children toward socialism. Even though it is scientifically impossible to become a man, the contemporary woman can pretend to be one with considerable effectiveness (once again, several come to mind). Is today’s social landscape really a matter of rights denied or rights rejected?
There are twelve kinds of women in the Biblical book of Proverbs which is designed to impart wisdom. They are: “a fair woman” (11:22), “a gracious woman” (11:16), “a whorish woman” (6:26), “an odious woman” (30:23), “an adulterous woman” (30:20), “a brawling woman” (21:9), “a strange woman” (2:16), “an evil woman” (6:24), “a contentious and an angry woman” (21:19), “a foolish woman” (9:13), “a wise woman” (14:1), and the one which gets the greatest space under God’s spotlight --- “a virtuous woman” (12:4, 31:10). By virtue of their mention they all have the right to exist, exercising personal choices, but God maintains the liberty to highlight the most valuable which He does in one word…virtuous! Mr. Webster defines the word as: “Morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing the moral duties, and abstaining from vice.” The Lord’s initial comment is: “who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). This is followed by twenty verses lending description and definition of this unusual woman. Her rights are woven into a tapestry of her performance and accomplishments.
The checklist begins with “trust,” specifically of her husband, but as the litany continues her honor is required in a variety of venues. How does she garner this confidence? She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life” (vs. 11). The continued dialogue reveals the virtuous woman is a good planner, with little of her life left to spontaneous emotion. She is a conscientious shopper, always aware of a true bargain because her money management skills are beyond reproach. The lady is an entrepreneur who starts and runs her own business, working as long and late as necessary to finish the task at hand.
Her household is well provided for, featuring excellent choices in clothing but never preferring luxury over practicality. Her closet does not harbor 75 pairs of shoes or "one occasion only" garments. Generosity is something that is personalized rather than depending on the government to fulfill the needs of the poor: “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy” (vs. 20). Because she is said to be wise (vs. 26), it is safe to assume that she “considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it” (Proverbs 29:7).
She is like the woman who bought a street urchin a pair of shoes – the exact size – when she saw him staring longingly into a store window. The boy was eight years old, skinny, dirty, and barefooted and looked like he had never had anything on his feet but calluses and chiggers. When she came out of the store and handed him the shoes with two pair of socks, he gazed at her in astonishment and said, “Lady, are you God’s wife?”
The summation of her character is in part: “Strength and honour are her clothing; she openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”
Were the marches characterized by this resume? Just asking!