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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Cynthia Ruccia



Isn't that a pretty picture? Taken from this wonderful New York Times article, this photo speaks loudly about women's aspirations!! We have a state, New Hampshire, where women have risen to all of the highest political positions and it is beautiful!! And these women come from both parties too. And to hear them talk about it in the article, they like working together and forging consensus. Yes, that "C" word----the one that gets lost in today's political climate.

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And what do we see in this picture? Well, we see a White House showing off its leadership team. What's wrong with this picture? It's, yawn, ALL GUYS once again. According to this article in the Washington Free Beacon, the Obama administration War on Women continues to escalate with few women in top positions, women being paid less than men STILL, and evidence that points to the fact that even on the Obama campaign the women were paid less per capita than the men. Now I understand that the Washington Free Beacon is a right-leaning publication and that they aren't going to write anything good about President Obama. However, as many on the left like to say, facts are stubborn things, and if the numbers show that the women were paid less and hold fewer positions, then the number aren't lying.

Fact is, it is still imperative that BOTH parties work harder to make sure that women aren't mere tokens. As Swanee Hunt stated in her recent op-ed piece in the Boston Globe, for the sake of our democracy, we must elect more women and appoint more women. For four years I've been railing about how women aren't making much progress here in the U.S. in terms of holding power. And people are startled to hear how little power women hold. However, there doesn't seem to be much of a groundswell to do anything about it.

Of course, an example could and should be set at the top, and President Obama's record has been disappointing. He's done some things, but he could have done much much more. Why not a gender neutral cabinet for starters? Why not equal pay for equal work at the White House? Why not? It's because people are giving him a pass. I've never seen anything like it since our teflon president Ronald Reagan.

We have a wonderful example in Iceland of what can happen when women run things in proportion to their numbers. You can read about it here, here, here, and here. In our own country, we have the long-serving Senator Susan Collins of Maine being quoted on December 13, 2012 that if women were in charge that the fiscal cliff issues would have been solved and put to bed by now. Sure you can always give examples of women who are bitchy and nasty and who aren't cooperative. However, it is well known that women are more interested in consensus and less interested in who wins. If anything, women are more socialized than men to make sure everyone wins. Check the whole concept out on your favorite search engine and you will find lots of things to read on the subject.

When there are so many great examples of why we need to have women at the top, and at a time when our politics has devolved into a game of winner and loser, a game that many find depressing, why isn't there more call to elect and appoint more women???? I guess our country STILL isn't ready for that one yet.

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture Of A Smart Community Of Women

    The other picture shows why the USA is having so many problems.

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    1. sad it has to be expressed in such terms, but we've got to keep pressing on.

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  2. I'm feeling pretty depressed about everything since the November election.

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  3. Great article Cynthia and I don't see any coverage of this in the Corporate Media because they are also an all male institution. Clearly equal representation of women in government is not a Democrat value and is not important to Obama. I still am mad about the appointment of an Old boy Democrat male to the empty Senate seat in Hawaii. And I have not seen that covered by the media or "feminist" groups. Republicans need to jump on this and continually point out how Obama has failed women as well as build up their feminist cred. I guess the Democrats figure since they won the election it is time to stop talking about abortion the "women's issue" until the next election.

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    1. it is an effective card for the Republicans to play Bes, and like you, I'm hoping that they use it. They have more credibility than they know on this subject, and one can only hope that it won't be just another missed opportunity akin to the Hawaiian Senate seat.

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  4. Clearly the Republicans really don't "get it" about women either. Many young people I talk to see the Republican party as being the anti birth control anti woman party and the Republicans need to be proactive in changing their brand unless they like losing elections. Of course some people do like being losers and the Republican party might be run by this sort of persons.

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    1. the Democrats have got the Republicans backed into a corner for now. All this talk of "rebranding" is good, but who knows where it will all end up?

      That rebranding effort holds opportunities galore for women. But the problems are more on the left who have held women hostage to an agenda that hasn't really advanced women very much. The Dems have succeeded in giving women a false sense of security. Very false.

      The only way to right any of this is to elect more women. Sigh. It just sounds so boring and so impossible. But a cause as good as this one must be pursued until victory is achieved.....

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  5. I think Republicans have backed themselves into a corner and Republicans see that corner as their natural habitat and are content there. I don't see them capitalizing on opportunities that are being handed to them.

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    1. I'm really hoping for better than that.....

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