separation isn't segregation

The valid discourse between women and men is no longer how to avoid segregation but how to achieve equity.

Denying one group the opportunities available to another is being replaced with the granting of both groups access to the same opportunities equitably by maintaining the integrity of difference.

Allowing women to occupy men's legislatures by proxy, for instance, isn't equity and demands reform.

Neither is the pursuit of justice in a single, men's jurisdiction.

Sufficient women have overcome segregation sufficiently for women to have become capable in their own right.

Remnant policies of segregation, as with the practice of orthodox Christian and Islamic religion, can most effectively be overcome with equitable secular governance, for the repository of knowledge which constitutes religion, the strengthening of women's historical knowledge.

As Age of Enlightenment author Marquis de Condorcet argued in 1790, women "may never have behaved according to the reason of men; but they do behave according to their own reason."

"By the fault of the laws, their interests are not the same as ours; nor do they consider the same things important. But the fact that they base their conduct on different principles and set themselves different aims does not mean that they are irrational."

Three states short of ratification, the United States of America is poised to achieve equity with an Equal Rights Amendment to the nation's Constitution.

An ongoing campaign to establish a republic in Australia also offers an opportunity to achieve equity with constitutional reform providing for women's and men's legislatures presided over by an executive of elders accompanied by courts of women's and men's jurisdiction.

The outcome of the implementation of policies of separation between women and men is the most efficient utilisation of human resources in government, commerce and community.

16 March, 2007