By Kara Johnson
Some women wage war against capitalism nowadays, and in many ways, this kind of battle doesn’t make much sense. Why would women, in particular, want anti-capitalist policies, especially in the workplace? This question is complex and doesn’t always give an easy answer. But it’s important to discuss it. While many women argue that capitalism gives men more power, that isn’t always the case. The most pro-woman socio-economic structure is the free market, and that is evident throughout history and in the world today.
According to Chelsea Follott, socialism is the socio-economic structure that is oppressive to women and their economic emancipation.” 1 Socialism historically has resulted in the installation of hereditary systems of entrenched privilege,” she states in a CAPX article. 2 “In practice, wherever socialism has been enacted, women were expected both to work outside the home and to do all the housework as well. And in centrally planned economic systems without any market incentive to fulfill human needs, it is women’s needs that were forgotten first. Right up until the fall of communism in the Eastern Bloc countries, communist factories failed to manufacture even the most basic items for women, such as sanitary products,” she continues. 3 Her article about the struggle in a socialist economic structure is eye-opening and helps us realize how capitalism doesn’t oppress women, but it helps them.
Capitalism is the most productive socio-economic structure for women. It is what made the women’s emancipation possible. Every woman should be acutely aware that there is no way any of them could work towards or be in a higher-up position without the massive value that is unleashed under capitalism. Why do I say this? For anyone to achieve their goals and use their gifts freely, we must live in a free society. Capitalism continues to free women in many ways and allows them to pursue prominent CEO positions that they would not have the ability to do in countries like Cuba. Entrepreneurship matters, and capitalism cheers the woman on who wants to build her business or pursue her dreams with the gifts she has.
Capitalism also frees a woman’s time in the home and at work. Sarah Skwire writes this in her essay “Capitalism Will Abolish Laundry Day”. 4
“In the 1920s, the average housewife spent about 11.5 hours per week on laundry and ironing. By 1965, that had dropped to just under 7 hours. In 2014, that average housewife (and her spouse) spent about 20 minutes a day on the task, or just over 1.5 hours per week.”
When you are working full time or busy going out with your kids, you don’t have hours upon hours to take care of your laundry at home. Skwire’s point in her essay points to the freedoms weaved in with a capitalist society. Capitalism helps us solve problems like having more time and using our gifts freely. Women in America have opportunities to leave their homes in favor of owning a washing machine. That alone allows you to do what you are called to, whether it’s work or spending time with your family. Capitalism enables women to work hard and create, and that’s why it’s the best pro-women socio-economic structure in the world. It doesn’t oppress, and it doesn’t tie women to their homes. Capitalism invites women to be a part of the free-market process, and that is a beautiful thing that all women should be fighting for. Shouldn’t we want to live in a society that allows us to innovate, create, and explore? Shouldn’t we want our country to promote using your gifts freely? If women want these opportunities, they should be fighting for capitalism and against socialism.
“ Those who romanticize socialism as liberating for women would do well to learn about the actual hardships women suffered, such as the stories of the women of the Gulag. 5 Female Gulag inmates were almost always sentenced for the alleged crimes of their husbands or fathers, and in addition to the other terrors of the labour camps, also endured institutionalised sexual violence. Communist officials saw women as just another means of punishing men, rather than as individuals with distinct identities,” Follett states. 6
Socialism will never make women successful and does not encourage them to be who they are created to be. Any socialist society that does not encourage using your gifts freely and be who you were created to be will suffer. Women will never flourish under socialism, but they can, and they will under a free market.
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Kara Johnson finished her Bachelor's degree in Communications at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane in 2014. Since then, she has become a firm defender of truth, faith, capitalism, and patriotism. Her fight for American policies is evident throughout her writing and online presence. She is a contributing writer for The Rogue Review and The Human Defense Initiative, while also working to consistently update her personal blog Black Coffee At Midnight about faith, issues, and life's journey.