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.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This Should Have Been The New Senator From Hawaii

Cynthia Ruccia

Meet Colleen Hanabusa, the should-have-been newly appointed U.S. Senator from Hawaii to replace Sen. Daniel Inouye. It was Senator Inouye's final wish on the day he died, sent to Governor Neil Abercrombie, that his seat would be taken over by Representative Hanabusa, a wish that the governor chose to ignore.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!

Cynthia Ruccia

I just want to wish everyone a happy holiday season!!! We really have alot to look forward to in the new year, and I am excited about what's in store!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Looking Ahead---A Possible Next Move

Cynthia Ruccia

Ok---I've wallowed in my misery long enough. Not that I'm not feeling like garbage over the turn of events. I am. I have a sick and disgusted feeling in my gut and nothing has changed in that regard. However, I am ready to turn the corner for a few reasons.

First of all, I am by nature an activist. Whenever something happens, my default mode is to DO SOMETHING no matter what it is I'm involved with.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Less Cranky----

Cynthia Ruccia

Well, it's the night before Thanksgiving and I should be doing Thanksgiving stuff. Instead, I am at my computer pecking away. It's as if I need to empty out my brain in order to make room for all of tomorrow's goodies.

I'm a little less cranky as time passes. I have realized that my hopes and desires were tied up in seeing our president lose to pay for his sexist sins, and now that it hasn't happened, when I get over being upset about it I feel, well, a little disoriented. I also feel as if a weight of some kind has been lifted from me. I mean, if we can't do anything to beat him anymore, what's next?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Still Feeling Cranky

Cynthia Ruccia

Or maybe DEPRESSED is a better word for it. Whatever you want to call it, I am NOT HAPPY that I am facing another 4 years of Barack Obama as my president. My reasons for why I am feeling this way are not the most common reasons, but they are my reasons and I'm feeling what I'm feeling. My unhappiness with this man goes back to 2007--8 when he and his campaign used every single sexist tool at their disposal to vanquish Hillary Clinton, and then they turned around and used an even worst set of sexist tools against Sarah Palin. And if that wasn't bad enough, the machinery of the Democratic Party turned a blind eye to all of that and acted as if it never happened. Don't believe me? Well, check out the videos and the book by Anita Finley on the right column. There you will find all of the gory details for the record. People think they can revise history, but the true story has been written on that score.

Alot of folks have tired of this story line. They say---"Cynthia----get over it!!. There are many many more important things to be concerned with about our country than that. " Well I say "humph!!" to all of that. I believe that people do care about women getting ahead. But for some reason, it is a cause for many that is a stepchild, something that doesn't really deserve our full attention. It is a cause, this idea of women sharing the power equally in this country, that is always shifted to the back burner for "later," when other things aren't so urgent. Thing is, "later" never really arrives. And "later" will never arrive as long as women don't take matters into their own hands and use their determination to make this parity happen. And honestly, by taking care of our inequality problem, the bigger things will take care of themselves.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Note On Sore Winners

Cynthia Ruccia


I read this lovely article by Katherine Goldstein on Slate of all places yesterday. It is about how the gloating of the "liberals" as she put it over President Obama winning a second term has gotten completely out of hand. I totally agree with her, and I'd like to add my voice to the mix.

I was shocked to see it on Slate because in my opinion, Slate is part of the problem. Slate is still one of the publications that gave not only lopsided reporting when it came to the presidential candidates (and it did it in 2008 as well), but also gives free reign to all of the bullies. Just read all of the snarky comments on Goldstein's piece.

Friday, November 9, 2012

I Know Where Those MIA Voters Were from 2008

Cynthia Ruccia

Ok---so maybe I don't know for sure, but I want to make a call on it because right now there is alot of speculation about who those approximately 9 million voters who voted in 2008 but not in 2012 are. I'm especially interested in those 3 million or so who voted for McCain and not Romney.

There is alot of talk about those folks----maybe they didn't like Romney, Romney didn't connect with the base, Romney was too moderate, Romney was never a conservative, people don't trust Mormons, endless theories. They really go on and on. The thing is, those same arguments were made about McCain as well----to the letter except the Mormon stuff.

The most obvious reason NO ONE has mentioned. What's that?  Well, I'm guessing that McCain did better than Romney because HE HAD A WOMAN ON THE TICKET WITH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Duh!!

For those of you who don't like Sarah Palin or think that she was a joke or whatever, please understand that Sarah Palin was an aspirational figure to many women anyways in spite of your own opinion of her. And you can put down her supporters as well, probably in a way using one of the most sexist of memes that leaves some of the ugliest of scars-------that her supporters were just a bunch of dumb women. If you go there in your mind, you miss something very very important that deserves respect. That missing ingredient? That there are women, lots of them, who are hungering for a woman president and vice president. There are many, and not just women, men too, who feel that the time has come to put a woman in the White House.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

So Where Do We Go From Here?

Cynthia Ruccia

Where to begin? I have spent my time since the presidential election on Tuesday going through a series of emotions and trying to figure out what's next. I spent yesterday (the day after) on the phone and on the blogs and on facebook, and just generally on the internet talking through what just happened with many folks trying to clear the air. I'm not someone who will go underground for long because I like action!! For me, whining, moaning and groaning has a limited purpose. It is a first line reaction to things I'm not happy about, but that type of emotional rendering gets boring to me after a while, and then it is time to do something to move on.

But there is no getting around it-------I have been laid low by the results of Tuesday. I am down and depressed. It's not so much that Romney lost and Obama won on the face of it that is generally eating at me. It was inevitable that one would win and one would lose. And having been a candidate myself three times, it is extremely intense to go full bore as one does in a campaign and then lose. It's not just the unfortunate feelings that go with losing. It is also the immediate impact of feeling like you have hit a brick wall going 2000 miles an hour and then there is only silence. It is hard to regain your equilibrium, and it takes time to get back to your life because your life will never be the same again.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I'm an Ohioan, I'm an Independent, and I Don't Care Who You Vote For For President!!

Cynthia Ruccia

Ok everyone------CALM DOWN!!!!   (myself included). This election has gotten everyone haggard, out of sorts, cranky, and even vile, nasty, abusive, and more. It is almost over, and I think we all need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and stop attacking each other. All of the tactics used by both sides of the campaign are being used to keep us pissed off and at each others throats and it is working magnificently. It is a tactic to keep the "base" corralled in place and voting their way. And in the process we are all acting like a bunch of loony crazies.

I'd like to remind everyone who follows this blog that once this election is completed, we will still have no female president or vice-president. We will still have 3.6% of CEO's of Fortune 1000 companies be female, we will still make only 77 cents on the man's dollar. As for the electoral stats, even the most optimistic of estimates gives women 20% of the U. S. Congressional makeup. I will be watching the Center For Women and Politics at Rutgers University website for updated stats, and although I am hoping for the best, who knows how our gender makeup will turn out this time? One thing I am certain of is that for the first time EVER, my U.S. Representative is likely to be a woman!!! How about that!!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Am I Going To Make It Through The Next Two Weeks Here In Ohio? Thoughts and Confessions From A Swing State Voter

Cynthia Ruccia

We Ohioans are known as a very friendly, amicable, cordial bunch. When we move to other parts of the country, many decide to come back and say that the folks in _______ just weren't really all that friendly. My city, Columbus, the state capitol, has grown from a cow town to the biggest and most energized city in the state. Our metropolitan area has close to two million people, but we have retained that Ohio mien of niceness. We still smile at one another whether we know each other or not. We go around saying "hi, how're ya doing" to whoever we meet. We do it because we know that those are the kinds of niceties that make life more bearable and we do it because it's our tradition. And we do it just because.

Here in Ohio, we have awakened over the past 10 years or so to the fact that every four years we are going to be under the national microscope about who we are going to vote for. Why? Well, we are the quintessential swing state. Ohio became that way because we are completely divided as to our political loyalties. One election cycle we might vote all the bums out and put in the other party, or in another year the pendulum will swing back the other way. We have party loyalists and even party freaks on both sides of the aisle, but neither party gets a permanent toehold on power.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What If Things Had Been Different? Some Random Thoughts About Hillary Cinton

Cynthia Ruccia

My views on Hillary Clinton have exasperated many people, husband included. I am one of many who regret every single day that Hillary Clinton wasn't elected president in 2008. I often wonder how life would be different if history had taken a different turn and Hillary had won back then. And when I muse on the subject, people return to their exasperation and tell me to get over it in some form or another. Many of you have had the same experiences and I hope you will take a few minutes to comment below and share what's been happening to you in that regard.

You know, right from the start, the whole idea of "get over it" is crude, rude, and uncaring. The dirty secrets about sexism and how it thrives in the U.S. were exposed and many just don't want to hear about it. It sullies their image of who we are as Americans. But the "get over it" mantra really kicks in as ridiculous when people don't want to think about any other political views I might have and want me to just shut up. It can drive me crazy as well because I actually like a good back and forth with people who hold different views from myself. But I don't like having someone try to get my back up against the wall and corner me trying to make me assume a point of view I don't hold and then getting mad at me when I tell them where I'm really coming from. I find those conversations exhausting.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Binder Derangement Syndrome" and Other Inanities

Cynthia Ruccia

Whew---the idiotic statements on women today are on overdrive!! Google "binders full of women" and you will get 462 million links. I am certain that that phrase would have yielded little to nothing several days ago. Why, I have had to search for awhile to find my graphic because I just kept getting one of those stupid 460 million links (ok---I am a graphic arts moron to be sure).

ALL of the talk without exception is about a sophomoric attempt to make Mitt Romney look stupid because he used the phrase "binders full of women" as he was explaining how he implemented a gender neutral cabinet when elected governor of Massachusetts. I wrote yesterday about how women are too busy being smirkily divided and feeling like disempowered victims to make use of a golden opportunity to make a huge difference. There is a great you tube video there with an explanation of what really happened. It must be an article that really resonates across the blogosphere because so far it is one of the most read pieces I have ever written. I really didn't think it was such a hot piece, but then, I feel I am repeating myself all of the time. Maybe some of the ideas here which many share are starting to break through even more.

I am so very disgusted about how women are so brainwashed by their political party that in order to remain part of the crowd they will sabotage any possible effort to help themselves. It's not news here at this blog that we women have not only lost our way, but that we are our own worst enemies. I keep having discussions with lots of men and some women about why we women can't get our act together and just use our superior numbers and just take charge. Why indeed!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Women Are Missing A Golden Opportunity

Cynthia Ruccia


We are always taught that you need to grab opportunity when it knocks on your door because it may not come back another time. We women are missing or may have already missed a golden chance to really advance our agenda to achieve more power parity. And we have missed it because we have taken our eye off the ball.

It almost bores me to write this piece because I have been railing about these ideas for such a long time. When I got started caring about the advancement of women in the late 60's and early 70's, we women were pretty clear about what we wanted and we were more united in advancing that agenda. We wanted freedom to be all we could be, we wanted to shatter all of the existing glass ceilings that we confronted wherever we turned, and we wanted to take our own destinies into our own hands. It was understood that we women would support one another in our quest to be CEO's, Supreme Court justices, to take our place at the power tables everywhere, and to be President of the United States.

But it turned out that the devil was in the details. As we started to gain what we desired, we experienced a huge split in the battle over abortion. Our potential for power was severely weakened as that great struggle played itself out and shattered our unity of purpose. We made gains at work and in school. Laws were amended and new laws were passed to clear the way for more equality and opportunity. We began to live the lives our mothers only dreamed of.

Along the way, we thought we were making gains that we weren't actually making. The entire women's agenda began to be exploited by both political parties. Much lip service was paid to keeping women in the fold depending on the parties' positions on abortion. We women stopped asking for anything else. What a mistake we made!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Don't Forget---Lots of Women are Running for Office Too

Cynthia Ruccia

Like everyone else, my attention has been sucked up by the presidential race, particularly since I'm an Ohioan. I couldn't ignore that race even if I tried. Everywhere I go the conversation isn't about who to vote for and why. It is about how sick we all are of being inundated by the constant barrage of TV ads, emails, direct mail pieces, radio ads, robocalls, etc. In fact a funny piece was written this week about the lengths the presidential campaigns will go to get our precious Ohio votes. Ohio is a swing state for a reason------we are made up of all different types and we have a relatively even number of everything.  As a result, we take pride in finding common topics to talk about such as the ever changing and unpredictable weather, the OSU Buckeye football team, the Columbus Crew soccer team, and (most years---unfortunately not so much this year due to labor/management problems locking out at least the beginning of the season) our Columbus Blue Jacket hockey team. Well, add to that conversation the ubiquity of the ads. Besides the presidential race, we are also slammed with ads for our U.S. Senate race between old boy wonder Sherrod Brown against new boy wonder Josh Mandel. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Woman Running As Head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Cynthia Ruccia

Bulgaria: Woman Bids to Take Over Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Party

Meet Sabah al-Sakkari, the bold woman who is running to replace Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi as head of the Muslim Brotherhood Party. She's a mother with 4 children and a veterinary professor husband, and a pharmacy degree, and she sounds like a formidable candidate. Read about her here and here, and if that doesn't satisfy your curiosity or answer your questions, just google "Egyptian woman runs to head Muslim Brotherhood" and you will find just under 4 million links that should surely reveal all of the info you are looking for.

In the midst of a heavy news day yesterday where every story was about the presidential debate here in the U.S., I heard this blip on NPR about what is happening over in Egypt, and I about fell out of my seat (but I was driving and had my seat belt on, thankfully). I couldn't believe my ears. A woman----in Egypt's current climate-----one who says she will definitely run for Egypt's presidency????? How could that be?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Julianne Moore, Emmy Awards, Game Change Disgrace

Cynthia Ruccia

I have been hesitating writing about this topic because I know I will look like a bigger whiner than usual. I also really admire the talents of Julianne Moore greatly. I love the normally great shows on HBO. And lastly, I am not making my objections to what happened because I am a partisan hack.

HOWEVER, I just want to give voice to a particular point of view that found the entire subject of the book Game Change, the HBO movie Game Change, the 4 Emmys it won, and the unfortunate remarks made by Julianne Moore highly sexist and frankly, disgraceful. 

Some partisans have actually taken on the whole subject very well, talking about how classless the acceptance speech was, how ridiculous both the book and the movie were, based on lies, cardboard cutout versions of Sarah Palin, how the whole thing was a partisan hatchet job from beginning to end. They also discussed how the Hollywood establishment was just patting themselves on their sophomoric backs on how clever they were turning the perceived threat of Sarah Palin into someone ridiculous, and I can agree with their criticisms.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lots Written All of a Sudden---Few Ideas Generated

Cynthia Ruccia

I realize that all of the talk right now is centered on our presidential election (and the down ticket races too), but I'm still having my post traumatic stress reaction. I'm tuned in, reading everything, but it is all a virtual ugly flashback to 2008 for me. I'm preparing to run a half marathon in a few weeks, and I'm logging alot of miles. It will be my first half since before I went through all of those 32 chemo treatments and 4 surgeries for my breast cancer, and it will truly be a victory lap for me. I don't have the same strength I had BBC (before breast cancer), but I'm doing ok. It could be that since I'm now 60 (it's only a number---it's only a number, etc) I'd be slowing down a little anyways, but who knows. I did 9 miles a few days ago and felt better than I thought I would. I'm just happy to be back in the game again....

I bring up the running because on that level, you just can't avoid the yard signs. For sure, there are maybe only 10% of the yard signs that there were in 2008, but I can tell you where every single one of them is on my running route. And each time I see one, my mood gets darker. I used to be the Democratic Ward Leader here, and I know who lives in those houses with the yard signs. I remember the slammed doors, the hatemail, and the death threats and who made them. I remember the inanities of  the happily married woman with a great job and five grown kids with her "I've never felt this way before" comments about Obama and her current yard signs. I remember the veiled threat to my younger son, that she, a lawyer,  hoped he would die in Iraq as a soldier, living in the house behind the sign a few blocks over. He ended up marrying a soldier who will likely be deployed in Afghanistan before too long under this Democratic president. Just saying.....

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"The End of Men" and Post Traumatic Stress

Cynthia Ruccia

For the record----I AM SICK OF THIS CAMPAIGN!!!! As you may know, I live in one of the essential swing states, and I have had it up to here with the following:

1) campaign ads that have been blanketing our airwaves non stop since late spring

2) robo calls

3) presidential trips to my city that tie up air and street traffic for hours

4) yard signs (and those are just getting started)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Voter Suppression and Electing More Women

Cynthia Ruccia

As promised, I'm taking up the subject of what we can do in November to elect more women. By the title above, I'm not implying that voter suppression is taking place to keep us from electing more women. I've just got voter suppression in general on my mind this morning. But before I go on, I want to remind folks new to this blog that we LOVE discussion, but we have congenial conversation here. That means that if you insist on character assassination, ridicule, shaming, name calling, nasty abortion talk, demeaning (I think you get my drift) your comments will be deleted. Sorry. We aim for a serious debate on a very serious subject, women's disempowerment. No exceptions.

First of all, in order to elect more women, we need to do our best to encourage everyone we know to get out and vote this year. And we can even take it a step further and get involved in any party's GOTV efforts (get out the vote) to get their voters to vote.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Some Final Thoughts on the Conventions

Cynthia Ruccia

Like you, I feel like I'm having a convention/politics coma much like the food comas we all get on Thanksgiving. Even before the last speech was given on Thursday, I'd had more than enough. I'm still feeling overloaded, but I have a few thoughts on the two conventions that I wanted to get down on paper.

Before I go any further, to anyone who comes to this blog for the first time (or even for those of you who aren't quite so new), I want to categorically state that I am an INDEPENDENT. I lean neither left nor right. My leanings are towards finding a new way for feminism because imho for now, our politics are failing us in a huge way. Our politics have failed us because women are still mired in last century's paradigm of having little to no power. Female voices in general have yet to make it to the oval offices, executive suites, and to the top of many if not most professions. The mighty U.S. ranks #80 in the world in female representation in government, women hold 26.8% of Congressional seats, only 12% of governors are female, only 8% of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. are headed by a female mayor, women are 2.8% of Fortune 1000's CEO's, we've never had a female president or vice president. We make 77 cents on the man's dollar. You can check out the links to these facts in the column on the right.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Something for Women To Celebrate at the DNC

Cynthia Ruccia

No question that watching the Democratic National Convention (DNC) has stirred up many strong emotions for me. I was so exhausted by my feelings that I even have to confess: I fell asleep in the middle of Bill Clinton's speech. No matter how much I love President Clinton, another true confession------this wasn't the first Clinton speech that put me out. I am sure I'm not alone on that one.

But this piece isn't about Bill Clinton. I'm going to leave it to others to slice and dice all of the terrific fodder that was left in the wake of his speech. My friend AnnaBelle was one of the first out of the gate with some gripping commentary on the Clinton speech.

No, I'm here to herald something terrific that happened at the DNC. I was driving around Columbus to get to the gym so I could swim my laps before Clinton came on, and I was treated to what was for me THE precious pearl of the DNC. Like many of you, I have XM radio and thus can listen to the audio cable feed from Fox, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and others. For the presidential campaign season, as was done in 2008, CSPAN has put its own special programming on XM radio, a channel it calls POTUS which gives minimal commentary during the speeches, and lots of rather balanced discussion the rest of the time.

So around 7:30 ish, I got to hear what I had been searching for. Finally, there was a tribute to the Democratic women who serve in the Senate. They were all introduced by name, they all came out onto the stage, and it was Senator Barbara Mikulski who did the speaking. Here is her speech:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Deconstructing The Feminist Argument ala Madeleine Albright

Cynthia Ruccia

Madeleine Albright Mitt Romney

I love Madeleine Albright. Let me list the ways----

She was the very first female U.S. Secretary of State serving from January 1997--January 2001 having been nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a unanimous vote of 99-0.  No woman up to then had reached such high heights in government. She also was a woman who, unlike other women who make it to the top, brought other women along with her to the best of her ability. Her quote "there is a special place in hell for women who don't help each other" has become iconic. And of course she was an early and ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton for President.

As the Democratic National Convention (DNC) gets underway today, we are all inundated with the sights and sounds of everything Democratic wherever we turn. TV, newspapers, cable, blogs, internet news aggregators, everywhere. In my prior piece I talked about how it wasn't going to be easy looking at my former party as it celebrates. Today, I took my first steps into the belly of the beast. I rolled out of bed, checked my email and was treated to my idol saying "I can't understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney." The article went on to say that only Ann Romney and the 5 daughters-in-law have any reason to vote for him.

I have a hair trigger these days listening to those kinds of thoughts. Not because I'm a big supporter of Mitt Romney, but because of the sentiments that underlie such words. I've grown to feel that those are the words of the unthinking and/or the people who just need to say the right thing to show their group identification. Not my Madeleine Albright. Surely not her.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Wish I Could Say That This Was Going To Be Easy

Cynthia Ruccia

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) starts in a few days, and I have promised myself (and my readers) that I am going to watch it. And I will. I have a much busier work schedule this week than last, so I won't be watching it as much as I watched the RNC. And I will be watching it on CSPAN. I really loved watching the other convention on CSPAN. I felt like I was there in the arena, and it was nice forming my own impressions and opinions of what went on rather than have some bloviating talking head telling me what I should think. I even called my friend T on the phone one day (she lives in a different city than I do), and we spent close to three hours on the phone watching the RNC on CSPAN together while the state roll call vote was taken to formally nominate and elect Romney as the party's nominee. We were like giggling girls in the bleachers watching it all. It was fun!!!!

I must confess that I am DREADING watching the DNC. I can't fathom that my feelings are still too raw from what happened in 2008. I mean, so much time has past but I'm still mad at the Democrats. If any of the Democrats who have stayed on board in 2008 instead of leaving like the 4 million of us who did depart the party choose to come onto this blog to excoriate me for expressing myself, I'm going to delete your comments. I don't mind having a real conversation about it, but I'm not dealing with name calling, insults, nasty abortion talk, character assassination, shaming, arrogance, etc. You won't win me back that way, so what good does it do you to go there? If you want to comment politely, I'm happy to have a conversation. Ok?

Friday, August 31, 2012

Women Lead The Way At The RNC

Cynthia Ruccia

Well, it's a wrap. The balloons have dropped, the benediction read, the speeches are finished. What an inspiring convention!! Why? Because for me and others who want gender parity in this country, we got to see some amazingly accomplished women, we got to hear them speak, and they were all together on one stage at one time. What a rare occurrence!!

For a party that is often singled out as being anti woman, it was refreshing to see that Republican women have quietly aimed for the top and have often succeeded. We were reminded that although the numbers of women in power are woefully small, some of them are Republican and they are no slouches. Any one of them could become president some day. And all of them set the bar for the next wave of female leaders.

I'm going to post below a few of the speeches in case you missed them. And I hope that by highlighting Republican women this week, I will not be receiving the hate mail I received when I put up the speech by Mia Love. I also hope that other women will not be so stupid as to turn a blind eye, cold shoulder and turn their backs on me, this blog, but most of all these fabulous women just because they are not of your party. We women need all hands on deck to go from where we are to where we need to be. In a political season of empty promises and fact checking, we mustn't forget that our gender controls little in the U.S. Our talk to our daughters that they can be anything they want to be is empty chatter at this point. We have done a poor job finding our way to the top. Yes that is tough talk, but it is the reality. We'll just have to try a little harder to break through.

Women of all generations and political persuasions ought to join hands and realize that there is more that unites us than that which divides us. We need to stop being "dog whistled" and stop letting ourselves be lead around by messages designed to divide us. What is more important than taking our rightful place at the table representing 51% of the population?  What is more crucial to our future as a nation than having our voices heard not because we have to scream our desires and be the dreaded "shrill" but because our voices carry the same critical mass as that other gender?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

She Made Me Cry

Cynthia Ruccia

Who is Mia Love? She is the electrifying speaker who by a mile was the best speaker on the Republican Convention stage yesterday. She is the Republican Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, married to a white man. They have beautiful children. She's a runner and teaches running in her spare time. She's a riveting speaker who reminds us of the promise of America and to me is the embodiment of inspiration, aspiration and hope. She's running for a seat in the U.S.House. She became mayor of her city when it was in crisis and she turned it around. She was introduced to the convention by this video:

And then she came onto the stage:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Notes About Women From the RNC.....

Cynthia Ruccia

Where do I start? I've been watching the goings on in Tampa mostly on C-SPAN where the coverage is practically 24/7 and mostly without any talking heads telling me what to think. I'm going to write some of my own impressions, and if you'd like to add yours, that would be great. It's a moment in time to write something for posterity I suppose (not meaning to put too grandiose a point on it). After all, our own raw impressions in real time are important.

I am jolted by the awareness that women are everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. My friend T sent me an email listing all of the speakers and all of the committee members, and it appears that there are more women than men involved. What this tells me is that women are the backbone of the Republican Party in the same way that they are the backbone of the Democratic Party. Or as some of the young people might say, women are the party b*****s doing all of the work. Sorry if that's a little graphic for some, but hey, it certainly spells out a truism rather starkly.

Beyond that, my own eyes tell me that the delegates at this convention are likely skewing female. At the very least there is probably a rough parity between the two genders. So what in the world is that all about? I mean, hasn't the Republican Party declared a War on Women? If so, what are all of these women doing on the floor of the convention acting like they belong there?  You could have the real liberal gleeful fantasy/nightmare that there is REALLY a war on women, and that since the Republicans are pro-gun, any minute now the men are going to pull their guns out and kill all of those darned women since that is the purpose of the war. Right?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

OMG---Am I Being Called A Racist AGAIN??????

Cynthia Ruccia

In 2007--2008 as the staggering sexist tirades escalated against Hillary Clinton as she ran for the Democratic nomination for president (yes it happened----check out the first two videos in the right column for those of you who need proof), people like me felt a growing anger. The sexist insults and jabs kept coming unabated. It turned many of us from mild-mannered regular people into furious warriors not content to just sweep it under the rug. While each of us felt we were alone, we learned soon enough that there were millions of us, and together we spoke up, spoke out, and made our feelings known.

In return, three main things blew back at us. First of all, we were screamed at to shut up, that we would lose our right to an-----ABORTION if we kept speaking up. HUH???? What in the world was that all about? By pushing the envelope and going outside of the accepted script, we laid bare the worst fears of Democratic women whose fear of losing reproductive freedoms superseded everything, including the sexist assaults on the woman who could have become our first woman president. We've been fighting into that wind ever since, and the dialogue is changing in surprising ways.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An Interesting Conversation On Women's Parity

Cynthia Ruccia

File:Kay Bailey Hutchison, official photo 2.jpg                    A portrait shot of a smiling, middle-aged Caucasian female (Kirsten Gillibrand) looking straight ahead. She has long blonde hair, and is wearing a dark blazer with a grey top; on her left lapel is a gold pin that reads "United States Senator". She is placed in front of a dark background.

Last Monday, August 20, I watched a show that I had eagerly awaited on MSNBC. It was at noon eastern, and it had been billed to be a show focusing on why women aren't running anything in the U.S. Well, as you know, that is my subject, and I was pleased to see that this topic had filtered its way up to this larger-sized platform.

Now I know that many of us cringe at the thought of MSNBC, the station that many of us feel took the most liberties in being so sexist towards both Hillary Clinton and then Sarah Palin in 2008. I felt/feel that way too. Some of you know that I've turned into a jock in my old age. I work out alot and do triathlons, 5K races, and a few half-marathons. Why I even just qualified a couple of weeks ago to compete in the National Senior Olympics finals next summer in triathlon!! Woo hoo!! I bring it up because I roll out of bed in the morning and onto my elliptical machine to warm up. And nine times out of ten I tune in to MSNBC because that coverage pisses me off so much that it gets my adrenaline going and I'm warmed up in no time. And that is how I am able to tolerate the coverage there.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We Can't Let The History of 2008 Be Rewritten. We Mustn't Forget.

Cynthia Ruccia

It has been brought to my attention that some of the people I had teamed up with during the 2008 campaign have decided to go back to the Democrats to support Barack Obama in 2012. That of course is their right as Americans, and I won't argue that point. However, it just seems so incongruous to me to join back with the very same people who perpetuated the worst outbreak of sexism and misogyny of my adult life.  Are we just going to let that sexism be swept under the rug? Are we going to have it stand for the record that the party of women used the very tools that they say they support to run off the women who tried to make it to the top?

There is no question that the Democrats used whatever it took to win in 2008, and that included vicious sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, and they never used their bully pulpit to speak up against these attacks. You can view the two videos in the right column that illustrate a sampling of what went on in 2008.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Not the Correct Women's Agenda

Cynthia Ruccia

Now that we've got the two major party tickets set for the presidential race, I guess it was just a matter of time that the fight for women's votes would resume. This is a fight I am relishing because I think that it has the potential of turning the "women's issue agenda" on its ear.

My friend K sent me this piece from Politico that clearly spells out the battle lines. The piece talks about how the Democrats will go after Paul Ryan as being radically anti-woman and all of the liberal suspects are quoted in the article about how Ryan hates women. The talk is all about the typical Democratic vagina monologues------how anti-choice Ryan is, how he hates Planned Parenthood, how he is going to ruin women's lives, blah blah blah. I have written extensively about these stances on the left and how it is viewed as the third rail of feminism, and I guess I'm going to have to update them.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The 2012 Dream Ticket

Cynthia Ruccia

I know it may seem pathetic, but I just want one more chance to dream about what could be this election cycle. I understand that my dream is a long shot, but I'm dreaming it anyways. I'm a great believer in thinking and dreaming big and believing that anything is possible. I take it as part of the holy grail of being an American.

My wildest dream amounts to this: both parties nominating a female VP and that no matter what, history will be made. We will finally shatter that particular glass ceiling once and for all, and it will just be a matter of time before a woman is elected President. And when these things come to pass, there will be a domino effect. People will get used to the symbolism of seeing a woman in charge, and they will then grow comfortable with the idea of women running things, and so finally the dam will burst, and women will start running things in proportion to their numbers. And by having the genders power share, our country will have a chance to create a new golden age, and we can once again know that the ideals of our founding fathers will be heeded, and the compact of equality for all will be fulfilled.

My Final Word on the Sexist Hit Piece at Harper's

Cynthia Ruccia
I have sent this letter to the owner of Harper's, John R. "Rick" MacArthur. Subject closed. August 2, 2012 Dear Rick, I am writing you because my father always taught me to go right to the top, and that advice has served me well. My name is Cynthia Ruccia, and my husband, Nick, and I have been enjoying Harper’s for some time now. We’ve enjoyed the quirky, the thought provoking, and everything in between that we have had the pleasure to read. Even during the economic downturn a few years back when we were streamlining and simplifying like so many other American families, and although we cancelled some of our magazine subscriptions, we decided to keep Harper’s because we love the history of the magazine and because it wasn’t really slanted left or right or any other way.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Buzzing Bees-----

Cynthia Ruccia

Above is THEM!!!!

Below is ME----triumphant!!

Just call me Hannah Post!!!  Whassup? Well, here's the story. For having the unmitigated GALL to go after Virginia Sole-Smith for embedding herself into Mary Kay Inc in order to write a hit piece, she and her "group" decided to go after me like a swarm of angry bees!! Now I am about to turn 60, and this particular piece of the younger generation makes me feel a bit like an old fogey. I rarely think that things were better "in the good old days," but THIS little tete-a-tete...........

Friday, July 27, 2012

Democratic Women Losing Even More Clout

Cynthia Ruccia

My buddy J sent me this article from the Huffington Post about the fact that the Democrats will lose their only two female governors this year with a poor chance of replacing them. Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina and Governor Christine Gregoire are stepping down, and the article mentions a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire who has only a small chance of winning her election in November. That means that we will have 4 female Republican governors and no Democratic governors. Where is the uproar about this state of affairs?

I have written about this before ("When Will Women Rise Up?"), and many many of us regularly speak about this sad state of affairs on lots of blogs, among ourselves, and even occasionally in the MSM. But it is worth having another go at it. We women finding ourselves hopelessly divided and unable to use our power in numbers to effect any kind of meaningful change for ourselves. We have become hopeless and frozen, stuck in an odd sort of time warp that causes us to either be silent or war against one another.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Want To Win Your Way Into The Boys Club? Dump on Women....

Cynthia Ruccia

I was getting worried that I would have writer's block forever!! It turns out that I just needed some time away to rest myself from the constant fight for women's parity. I just got tired of waging a seemingly endless war on the pathetic and inadequate status of women in the United States. But lo and behold, something has snapped me out of my lethargy. And while wanting to put this person who moved me so in her place, I probably need to thank her for royally pissing me off.

I'm speaking of one Virginia Sole-Smith, a writer for The Nation's writer's institute, who embodies one of the main reasons women's economic progess has so completely stalled. As you know, little has changed for women in the past 20---30 years here in America. Women make 77 cents on the man's dollar, we rank 78th in the world for female representation in government, 2.8% of Fortune 1000 companies are headed by women, we've never had a female president or vice president, read the rest of the stats in the right column. There are many many reasons for these problems which we've discussed almost ad nauseum on this blog. But the one I need to call out today is the one where women gore other women to get ahead because it is one way to break into the men 's club. Men love to watch women tear each other apart. And apparently they are willing to pay good money to see this sport!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Speaking The Unspeakable

Cynthia Ruccia

I've been silent of late because I haven't wanted to write what I've really been thinking for fear that I was being too negative and would jinx everything. Of course even admitting to that exposes my narcissistic and superstitious streaks and that's a little embarrassing. Many have told me that I've been dreaming with my head in the clouds. But I'm a big believer in thinking big, dreaming big, and believing in the impossible because only in doing so will those things ever become real. And of course we have to add on an action plan!!!

But what's been rattling around in my brain is the fact that the growing drumbeat of sources points to Mitt Romney adding Rob Portman to his ticket as VP. Now I'm an Ohioan, and I may be a bit more familiar with our junior Senator than some. He seems like an immensely likeable man and also a highly accomplished and experienced one. The idea that he might bring Ohio with him in the presidential campaign isn't as solid as some might think who don't live here, but it also isn't outside being plausible and intuitive. He will likely prove to be completely noncontroversial (except for maybe his years spent as the trade rep for the George W. Bush administration), and if Romney wins Ohio, Portman will get some of the credit for that happening.

Friday, May 18, 2012

France Beats The U.S. at Parity

Cynthia Ruccia

This is what parity looks like!! The new Francois Hollande government in France has appointed a gender equal cabinet having appointed 17 women and 17 men to lead the various departments. Hollande kept a campaign promise (how unique is that!!!!) to boost France's pitiful ratings and overnight France went from having a 16% female cabinet to having a 50% male/female cabinet.
You can read all about it here. You could quibble that the appointments given the women were not the most important cabinet posts, but I'm not in a mood to quibble. In one fell swoop, parity was achieved, and hopefully France will continue down this path of parity. France ranks nominally better than the United States in female representation in government, France ranking 69 to the U.S.'s 78. Hopefully this move will be a real game changer for France.!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hope And Change For Romney

Cynthia Ruccia

cross posted from The Huffington Post


How could news of President Obama's first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation's dozen top battleground states bring hope and change to Mitt Romney? It is a lead based on women voters -- one of Obama's biggest soft spots. Romney has the potential to gain a key political advantage by selecting one of several standout Republican women who would make excellent vice presidential candidates and attract the "woman's vote," which, contrary to the myth perpetuated by Democrats, is increasingly up for grabs.
The list includes New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (vice chair of the Republican Conference), Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
2012 can be the year where we finally break the glass ceiling in our highest political offices by electing a ticket with a woman vice president.

Enough With The Palin Effect

Cynthia Ruccia

Could there be anything more sexist than not putting a woman on the ticket as VP because it didn't work out with Sarah Palin? Everywhere you turn right now, all the talk is about who will be the Republican VP candidate on the ticket with Mitt Romney. And this talk is inflammatory in its sexism. And like alot of sexism, it is overt and covert. The sexism is obvious much of the time, but it is also insidiously implied, always a more disturbing trend.

First of all, the history of Sarah Palin on the national scene in many ways has been one big smear job. The people who opposed her were so desperate to cancel out her positives that they did one of the biggest hit jobs in political history on her. For some that statement is a piece of drama queen hyperbole. To those folks I say baloney!! To hide behind that form of reasoning exposes one to being a hypersexist. Why? Much of the smearing of Palin was 100% sexist. The 2008 election unleashed the latent sexism that permeates our culture.  And it also showed that people could shamelessly use sexism as a tool to defeat a female contender for president/vp and somehow that was ok.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

MSM Simply Not Interested In Women and Their Progress

Cynthia Ruccia

I need to whine a little bit, and darn it----I HATE whining!!! Normally, I'm more of a "let's figure it out and move forward" kind of person, but I'm stuck in a place right now and I haven't figured out how to proceed yet.

Here's the deal-----and I'm sure some of you are sitting there saying "DUH!!!!" But I'm a bit of a Pollyanna, and I like to believe that people are generally good and that I can appeal to that side of them. Humph!!!! That's not happening right now!!!!

Well, I've had this idea that I've been writing about over the last several months that we are going to have to make a stink and an uproar if we are going to convince anyone that they should nominate a female VP. My thinking is that the Republican nominee would generally benefit in every conceivable way if he were to choose a woman to be on the ticket with him. There is really a trove of very very talented women on the Republican side that would make terrific VPs (HBO's VEEP notwithstanding----but that's another story/headache) starting with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Republican Conference Vice Chair Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and the list goes on and on.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Exhibit A: How Leftist Feminists Block Progress----A Tutorial

Cynthia Ruccia

Barbara O'Brien

No, that is not a picture of me. Here is a picture of me:

The first picture you see above is Exhibit A:  one Barbara O'Brien who has a blog I'd never heard of until a few days ago, mahablog. She not only has this blog, but she is also a practitioner of Buddhism which she writes about for About.com. I became aware of her and her blog when my friend AB put a link to my last piece about the death knell of leftist feminism and traffic from her site came over to Women Win Too. I was curious, so I checked it out, and I could feel my blood pressure rising, as many of us do when we have to confront the intractable conversation that substitutes for women's rights talk these days from the left.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

We Are Hearing The Final Death Knell of Leftist Feminism

Cynthia Ruccia

Hear that noise this past week? You know, that one from Hilary Rosen and all of the uproar that ensued? Been hearing that kind of noise lately---- such as the Republican War on Women meme that apparently, according to the Dems, was started by the Republicans themselves (to what end one can't even imagine)? The talk of only the Democrats are woman friendly, etc and so on? Heard all of that?

What you are REALLY hearing is the final death of an era. The last days of the left owning women's interests are here. Oh, it's not going to die pretty. It will not be a spiritual, moving, sad death. It's going to be the biggest fight of all. The lefty feminists will not go down silently. They will kick, scream, threaten, insult, and be the biggest bullies you've ever seen. They will throw out every weapon available including letting the male interests who are using them  continue to manipulate them all the way to the grave. Oh it's going to be butt ugly.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The War FOR Women is on!!!!!

Cynthia Ruccia

Finally-------the war for the women's vote is out in the open. And it is starting off with a bang!! With Rick Santorum bowing out of the presidential race, the Romney campaign has wasted no time starting to stake its claim to winning women to his side. It has been hard to sit on the sidelines watching the Democrats take the entire battlefield of assuming what the female vote wants while the Republican message was a deafening silence. It felt too much like the past 30 or so years when the Republicans ceded the entirety of women's issues to the Democrats in exchange for the pro-life evangelical vote. Blech!!!  Many of us have been watching in dread while the Republicans have gotten pummeled for being anti-women, and the antics of Limbaugh, the inability of Santorum to stay on message and thus spill his guts every now and then about his views on contraception, and the Virginia legislature and their abortion/ultrasound bill haven't helped any.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Woman VP 2012----A Preview

Cynthia Ruccia

Something is coming in the weeks to come to promote a woman VP!! I WILL keep you posted!!! In the meantime, please come over to our brand spanking new Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/WomanVp2012  and "like" us to get this whole thing started. It's time for us to finally DO something instead of just talking. This is just beginning. Stay tuned.......

Friday, March 23, 2012

Speculation On A Female VP

Cynthia Ruccia

There she is-----New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. You can read more about her background here, here, and here. In my opinion, she has a stellar resume and she should be on everyone's short list of vice presidential candidates. Actually, she should be at the very very top of that list. She brings accomplishment and two of the most important political demographics for the Republicans-----she's Hispanic and she's female. If the Republicans are going to win in November, they will need to bring a percentage of the female and the Hispanic vote to achieve that victory. I am an Independent and I am not making a partisan endorsement here. I am only interested in getting a woman elected president, and since that doesn't appear to be happening this year, I'll have to settle for VP. And it doesn't appear that the Obama/Biden ticket is going to change, so our only hope of getting a woman on the ticket is going to lie with the Republicans.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sexism equals MONEY$$$$$$$

Cynthia Ruccia

Did you see this? The so-called "Republican War on Women"  has proven a fundraising boon to women's groups!!  If there was ever proof that this is a cynical undertaking, this very very selective war on women is helping women's groups rake in the bucks and thus allowing a special group of women retain their jobs. To be fair, this is business as usual, of course. Whatever it takes to keep the treasuries full-----anything is fair game.

However, I can't help but ask myself while all of this one-sided controversy gets stirred up, is it making any real difference in whether glass ceilings are being broken? Is it helping our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc. get a leg up to running some things in this country?

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Cynthia Ruccia

Or should we call it "whack-a-sexist?" It's been a great couple of weeks for fighting back against the sexists. And I don't just mean bad speech. I am also heartened to see that women and men are seeing through the pathetic and cynical political effort to use women to win votes. More and more people are getting what many of us saw in 2008------that the parties will stoop to nothing to pander to women when they need them and then just drop them like a bad date when the need passes. We are still letting them do it to us, but at least more of us are complaining about it than ever before. It's all good because the sooner we break away from the old notions of what comprises the "women's issues" the sooner we will empower ourselves to make that final push to economic and power equality.

OMG---the image and idea of women holding an EQUAL amount of power sends many folks into paroxysms of insanity and hysteria. Just view the videos on the right sidebar, particularly "Where's The Line" and "Hell Hath No Fury" to get my drift or in case your memory has failed you. Those two videos are a refresher course in what we are up against in getting ahead and breaking all of those intact glass ceilings (18 million cracks to the contrary).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What Does It All Mean?

Cynthia Ruccia

Let me get this straight: there is a "Republican War on Women"------really???? Rush Limbaugh is a pig. Bill Maher is a pig----so much so that David Axelrod has cancelled his appearance on his show and apparently the Alabama Democratic Party has scrubbed its website of any mention of him highlighting their state dinner. Sarah Palin is still apparently fair game for Democratic misogyny (here, here, and here) . No matter what justifications anyone gives, the visceral need to take her down using any tactic necessary is a reflection of deep deep unwillingness to accept women in any power position. And I just continue to shake my head at the lengths people will go to dump on her. She's become an idol and icon of a sort, a negative one to be sure. No insult is too great, no lie is too dishonest, no assessment of her character is too outrageous. She's become the chosen dumpee, by that I mean that whatever scares people about the political right and also about women, it's an immediate knee jerk reaction to find a new way to dump on Palin to get rid of the dumpers' inner fears. It's such a cheap shot that it has become impossible to give any credibility to any Palin criticisms. Even the ones who hate her the most are developing a little bit of sympathy for her because somewhere in their addled brains this level of vitriol doesn't ring true.