What women's rights look like when the two sides come together as one.
What women's rights are when women are no longer manipulated by party rhetoric.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Feminists Have Become Anything But Progressive

Cynthia Ruccia

What will it take for people to stop looking back when it comes to women's progress? As a country we are stuck in a time warp of old assumptions that have completely gridlocked women's upward mobility. It's so bizarre!! People continue to assume that women are so far ahead and that we live just a step away from a feminist paradise because we have made so much progress.

It is a pile of garbage to buy into that idea. Yes we have made progress from the 1950's--------women now live a life that women back then could only dream about. Fine. Pat yourselves on the back for taking a leap forward. But a 60 + year victory lap? How lazy can you get!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Still Can't Get Excited About 2012

Cynthia Ruccia

Well, the picture says it all about how I'm feeling about the 2012 elections---------it's just one big yawn. The presidential election season feels like a chess game where I already know all of the moves. 2008 destroyed my enthusiasm for any other election it seems. Not to belabor the point, but my hopes in 2008 were raised in such a way that any presidential election from now on without at least several women in the running will just seem BORING.

Apparently our little experiment in 2008 with a woman running for the top slot was just too much for the culture to bear and as it stands right now, the one woman currently in the hunt has lost her steam and can't seem to get her mojo back.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Little Flag Waving

Cynthia Ruccia

Animated American flag with glitter free 4th of July clipart image, click for an alt size of this patriotic American clip art glitter flag graphic

I'm going to depart from my usual topic of women's parity to do some flag waving. I've been pretty disheartened by the talk of imminent calamity facing our country and I'd like to offer up an alternate narrative.

Yes we are in a recession. Yes it is the worse recession many of us have faced. But let's face it------most of us have lived in unprecedented good times, and many of us wouldn't really know hardship if it hit us in the nose. You can study the statistics and paint a story of our country finally facing its twilight days as a first rate power. Lots of people are doing just that. I've lived through five recessions as an adult, and every single time people have talked about the fact that we are facing the end just like the downfall of the Roman Empire. One party claims the other party is fiddling as Rome burns.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Women Who Should Be President

Cynthia Ruccia

Today I'm writing about some newsworthy events in the lives of two women who should be Presidents of the United States. And in a different era, they would be recognized for the content of their character and not have the subliminal (and not so subliminal) sexism thrown in to roadblock them. Our country would be greatly served by having these women at the helm of leadership. They have both been proven leaders all of their lives having both their careers capped off by stints as U.S. Secretary of State. I am sad every day that these women aren't my presidents.

First of all, let me begin with Hillary Clinton. I still wish she'd run for President again, naive as it sounds. I am aware of the difficult thicket of politics that she would have to negotiate to go at it again. I am aware that if she waits she will be 69 years old in 2016, and if Obama loses the 2012 election (and anything could happen no matter what you think about the Republican field at this moment), the path to a Hillary Clinton presidency looks impossible. But in U.S. politics (and in life) anything is possible. So a part of me continues to hope.