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Person of the Year

10 Dec

Angela MerkelCongratulations to Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, who received Times Person of the Year!

After I read several times on Twitter through news sources that this was the 1st woman in 29 years I stopped, and I’m sure my expression read by my computer web cam told a story. Really? Twenty-nine years? This is most likely a reflection of society or management. Now, I’m not one to beg for equality; I do think it should be earned. I didn’t burn my bra years ago. Instead, I befriended people, both genders, and worked hard in the profession I chose at age 18.

Later I realized I was in a ‘woman’s’ profession and the term hand maiden was used frequently, mostly in jokes. I worked very hard, weekends, nights and holidays. I delivered patient care to very sick people, some died, some we revived, and others became my friend before they passed on to eternity. While doctors studied hard and longer, I did notice they were mostly men and most had female secretaries or office help.

They also made a lot more money. Money is power. They golfed on Wednesdays, drove fancy cars, had cell phones, pagers, and spent two or three minutes with their patient in the hospital. Yes, we nurses knew who took care of the sick patients and the patients did too. This was the way it was.

I almost went back to school to obtain a further degree as I hungered for more, not necessarily the monetary items, things of privilege, but I had knowledge and wanted to give more towards the input of treatment. It was a sixth sense, a real desire, and a caring attitude that governed my thoughts. I loved it actually but was limited. Several surgeons asked me to be their nurse beside them in the operating room. I was tempted but never did this. Then came family and the cards were dealt.

I would be a mom at age forty and if I couldn’t be a PA(physician’s assistant) or CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) as becoming a doctor was out of the question while I pushed forty, then a mom I would be. I knew I wanted that, too.

As I look into the world for role models for my teenage girls, I’m perplexed. Women faces don’t jump out at me. We have beautiful, talented actresses and singers, but everyone can not do that. Maybe that’s why there is so much reality TV as everyone wants to be a star.

Where are the women? I believe it’s my role to encourage my girls and to do this fairly. There is gender bias and women have been suppressed for so long that they have not caught up to men as yet. You simply can NOT do it all at once. Frankly, I can’t wait to find out more about Angela Merkel, her rise and power on a global scale.

Women and girls are equally important to men. I believe it’s not about outdoing each other but coexisting with mutual respect! Women have children and should be admired for this role in the universe … the mother or mom. I believe the time has come to create jobs or job share, so that we don’t have to put children aside away from mothers. We need more than three months to bond for a lifetime. Not all women want to be mothers, and likewise not all men want to father children.

Instead of sacrifices for the career, why not allow them to be home more? Home is a great environment for children and women could work half the time at their profession and stay home with children half the time. This way they keep moving up that professional ladder to receive promotions or increases in pay. Women could still maintain the bonds of parenting by being at home where the schedule is 24/7. Time is elemental to a child. Presence is important but so is doing something we are rewarded for or gives us independence and income. Full time work for women deprives them as a mother because they are too tired and have no ‘me’ time. Rewards for parenting are unique and too many to claim, including raising children who feel loved and protected.

This could be done in professions like doctors, lawyers, policemen or women; possibly everywhere we work. I know because I job shared with another Registered Nurse in the 1990’s in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit for a couple years. It was our idea and the hospital loved it. Maybe companies should look into career sharing as viable options for their work force and especially women who are mothers or even father’s who want to nurture and stay home more with children.

By Kim Troike



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Hilary Clinton Urges Unified United Nations Response

14 Sep

Women and GirlsHilary Clinton met with an audience on Friday after discussions about women and their empowerment in the world. The Ford Foundation held a two day conference and Hilary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, was a speaker. She is also a potential candidate for the presidency of the United States of America in 2016. The faces of women and girls in times of normalcy are showcased here in the following photos.

Women and GirlsClinton is deeply concerned about women and girls where terrorists are concerned and wants the United Nations to do even more on a global scale. She sees that terrorists and especially two groups, Boko Haram and Islamic Militants are a direct threat to women and girls in Africa and parts of Iraq and Syria. These groups use women by kidnapping and other violent acts of war.

Women and GirlsShe would like to see a tracking mechanism done very early maybe through the Security Council and more unification from the United Nations. The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, which occurred in March, is still ongoing and some governments have not shown a serious enough concern, she feels. Areas of concern for Hilary Clinton are of course previous war zones and terrorist sites such as North Africa, Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now areas across Africa where Boko Haram threatens.

Women and GirlsSyria and Iraq have come to the forefront with ISIS, or ISIL, spreading fear through evil acts put across social media. Now a third victim has fallen for all the world to see, meanwhile three families have seen their worst nightmare realized from sheer horror at what ‘monsters’ can do. This isĀ  now the world where our young children grow up. An adult can not even process the terror, let alone the mind of someone who trusts them to know right from wrong. Unfortunately they get to “see” the evil and it becomes a part of their day. Women and girls are vulnerable in places where they have yet to realize true freedoms because they are female.

Women and GirlsJohn Kerry, Secretary of State, says the United States is at war with the ISIS group. He urged everyone to not get “war fever” over the terminology as it can be confusing. He further states in an interview with CBS “Face the Nation” that just like we oppose and fight al Qaeda, we will do the same to ISIS. Saturday a video was released by ISIS with its terrorists’ act against an aid worker from Britain.

Women and GirlsHumanitarian aid workers and journalists who’ve been captured are now being killed by terrorists; they show these monstrous actions for the world to see. John Kerry has met with leaders in Egypt to hopefully build a coalition against ISIS. This is Obama’s strategy and they feel Egypt could have an influence over the region. Egypt has 25% of the Arab people. Kerry says the ideology of ISIS has “nothing to do with Islam.” The message of hate is not what a Muslim is about.

Women and GirlsKerry will attend a conference in Paris on Monday in which the international community will address the Iraq crisis. In addition the UN will discuss this crisis also. Retired General John Allen and Deputy Secretary of State Brett McGurk have been appointed to lead this US coalition against ISIS. Women and girls are at risk around the globe and Hilary Clinton urges the United Nations to be more broad and encompass this growing conflict, that puts women at risk during times of crisis, terror and war.

Women and Girls Around the Globe

Opinion by Kim Troike

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