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Restroom Lines: Why Women Shouldn't Have To Wait

Restroom Lines:  Why Women Shouldn't Have To Wait

Women who work in federal buildings may rest a little easier soon if the "Potty Parity Act" passes through the legislature.  The bill is designed to require the number of toilets in a federal building to at least equal the number of male restrooms.  Many of the federal buildings constructed before 1980 lack an equal number of women's restrooms. 

 The Washington Post recently reported about the "Potty Parity" bill that is now going before the House.  Representative of the bill, Edolphus Towns, explained the problem during testimony.  Towns said, "I am certain that every woman in this room has frequently experienced the inconvenience, as well as the discomfort, caused by an insufficient number of women's restroom facilities."

Over the years more and more women have entered the workforce, but  a good deal of federal and office buildings have failed to keep up with the increase of women employees by adding extra restrooms.  People who support the bill have argued that lack of women's restrooms is not only an inconvenience, it can also lead to health problems.  Abdominal pains, cystitis, and urinary tract infections are just a few of the issues that can occur or be aggravated by waiting in long restroom lines daily. 

Architecture professor, Kathryn Anthony, argues that being forced to wait in long restroom lines is also a form of gender bias.  Though the bill only calls for the equal number of restrooms, some argue that the number of women's restrooms should exceed the number of men's rooms in all commercial buildings.  The reasoning is that women need access to restrooms more frequently and for longer amounts of time than men due to physiological reasons like menstruation and pregnancy.

Rep. Darrell Issa, co-sponsor of the bill, has admitted that the bill should take into consideration that fact that some federal buildings, like the Pentagon, are filled predominantly with male employees and may not need to add restrooms for women.

What do you think of the "Potty Parity Act"?

Do you think that being forced to wait in long restroom lines is a form of gender bias?  Should there be more restrooms for women in all buildings because we need to access them more frequently?

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  • LoriLoriBear By LoriLoriBear
    05.13.10  

    I think this is Fantastic! I agree that there should be at least equal amounts of bathrooms for both genders.There are may places where there should be even more restroom facilities for women especially in areas where large amounts of women gather.It is horrible having to wait in long lines to go to the restroom when you may have an urgent situation.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    05.14.10  

    Bravo!

  • Lusadi By Lusadi
    05.14.10  

    Why not make all the bathrooms unisex?

  • oldbluepearl By oldbluepearl
    05.17.10  

    I don't think unisex bathrooms are a bad idea at all. It may make the day a little more interesting. Remember the unisex bathroom on Ally Mcbeal?

  • tori20 By tori20
    05.17.10  

    I think it was Ally McBeal that had unisex bathrooms. It seemed to work out perfectly for their law firm. Except for Jon with his unique challenges.

  • sncmaddox By sncmaddox
    05.18.10  

    Unisex bathrooms would be good, if the adults would act like adults!

  • cybrown551 By cybrown551
    05.18.10  

    I absolutely believe that there should be more bathrooms available for women. It takes women longer to do what they need to do so with that in mind it leads to longer lines. It is only fair to increase the number of restrooms available for women because of the fact it takes women longer to use a stall.

  • cristlegirl By cristlegirl
    05.18.10  

    I love this, women do tend to use the bathroom more and we do take more time. I don't think we need to go crazy with it, but updating older buildings does need to happen.

  • mehovic By mehovic
    05.18.10  

    I agree!!

  • mehovic By mehovic
    05.18.10  

    I agree!!

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