What All Women Want
Does anyone know what women want; do women know what they want? Yes. The answer is yes, women know what they want. This age-old question that is typically answered with a shrug and a joke does indeed have a detailed answer.
Women occupy every walk of society. They walk in the same shoes and wear the same hats as men today. It should not be surprising that their wants are determined by the shoes they are walking in or hat they are wearing. Their needs are identical to those of men in the same attire. They want to feed, shelter and clothe their family on their own merits. They want to own decent cars and have a job that will pay for the one of their dreams one day. While society talks about 'free handouts' like birth control for women, they would really rather have a job with benefits that pay for the things they require medically and otherwise, just like men. There's not much difference in what both genders want in life. Strangely, it's what they have and bring to the bargaining table that seems to get the most attention, because therein lie differences; it is a part of the plan.
The master plan of our Creator included the reproduction of our species. This may be the primary reason the two genders were designed and created to be different. They require different functions to work effectively. The word temperance was probably introduced with woman. Women buffer the hardened edges in life, taking the liberty of being gentle and caring, a path many men fear to tread. Most are natural nurturers, a wonderful trait for the newborn and children to encounter. They are fearless in their pursuit of happiness for the people they love and care far less than men about others opinions of their pursuit. These traits are frequently perceived as being soft, weak and frivolous.
The female gender has endured a bias similar to those of other ethnic, societal or economic preconceptions. They bear the wounds of a historical bias of being less than their male counterparts; less intelligent, less capable, having less endurance, less driving skills... fragile. These labels were placed on them not because of a careful assessment of their talent or abilities, not because of their own personal story or even what they know; they were placed on them because of what they were and are... female, frequently referred to as 'the lesser gender.' There are wounds to heal.
Like most victims of prejudice, women want to be respected and promoted not because it is the law, but because their employer has assessed their ability and appreciate their efforts. They want to be paid equally because employers believe in their value. Women want their opinions to be heard and valued because of the content. They want to be respected for the part they play in the family unit and most of all, to be judged for the content of their character.