I don't know about you. But it's awfully dark in the mornings where I live. Especially during this final week before Daylight Saving Time ends this Saturday night (or more precisely, Sunday morning at 2 a.m.)
My daughter doesn't see sunlight until she arrives at school. Children waiting for the bus huddle in darkness on the side of the road. They blink like dazed rabbits in the headlights of oncoming traffic. The only difference is, rabbits have light coats. With so many teens wearing dark clothing, it's not easy to see them if you're a driver whose morning cup o' joe hasn't kicked in yet.
This aspect of Daylight Saving Time has never sat well with me, and I know others agree. I've often wondered who benefits from this. Our children sure don't.
A couple of years ago, I thought I heard an interview on the radio in which someone said that it wasn't farmers who wanted Daylight Saving, it was golf course owners who knew more people would play after work if it was light outside longer. Back then, I thought, "Am I hearing right? Is this why we turn the clocks ahead for 8 months out of the year?"
I thought it had to do with saving energy. I also recalled some crazy urban legend about how in 2007 we gained another month of Daylight Saving Time because candy manufacturers would be able to sell more sugary treats at Halloween time. This seemed unlikely. Why would an entire nation sacrifice itself to more dark mornings just to sell a few more bite-sized Snickers or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?
Being a curious person, I looked into it. And I was astonished at what I found. Much of what's been legislated is less than beneficial for women, especially working moms.
Is Daylight Saving Time a women's issue?
Read "Women, Children and the Politics of Daylight Savings Time" and judge for yourself.
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