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?
What really got my ire is seeing Sam Bennett, the head of the Women's Campaign Fund, go on Fox and Friends this morning and talk about the Republican War on Women. Why I am holding her to a higher standard than the rest is that the Women's Campaign Fund (WCF) is a non-partisan organization supposedly dedicated to getting more women elected. When I was running for Congress in 1994 and 1996 , I was endorsed early on by WCF, a fact I was very proud of. They flew me and other women candidates from both parties around the country for forums, trainings, and to network with people important to our futures. I remember how scrupulously bi-partisan this group was, and it was great to rub shoulders with women from both sides of the aisle, candidates and supporters alike. As recently as the 90's the feminist ideal that women from both sides of the aisle needed to advance was still alive and kicking.
I've also watched Sam Bennett speak up about the sexism. However, it is a sorry state of affairs that she is going on the air to stoke up the Republican War on Women to raise money without even bothering to mention the disgusting acts of Bill Maher and others on the Democratic side of the fence. I know many of you have completely given up on these lefty women's groups, but if anything they need to be called out over and over and over again with great efficiency for their hypocrisy. If we don't, they go right on with their calcified practices, pretending to speak for women and making sure any progress we could make gets completely blocked.
I'm just shaking my head with disgust that women are now using women against women to raise funds. We've come a long way baby? What do the women who contribute to these groups think they are getting for their bucks? Are we getting any committment from our male leaders (hey----I'm talking about YOU Mister President, that great feminist) that they will put a woman on the ticket with them as VP or appoint an equal number of men and women to be cabinet chairs? The number of female appointments from this Democratic administration is simply NOT SUFFICIENT. I don't really care how much you think that this president has done, he could have done so much more and it wouldn't have cost him a thing politically.
So what if the Republicans are worse? Are we going to choose between which is the less bad and then celebrate the winner? That is what these women's groups keep doing. And they surely don't speak to most of us. In my last post I posited that these groups might constitute 30% of the voting public. However, it appears that that 30% thinks it is getting some bang for its buck. Those dollars will not even begin to stop the real war on women, the one that makes the U.S. 70th in the world in female representation in government. The one that allows only 2.8% of Fortune 1000 ceo's be female. The one that makes sure that we never have a woman president, that only 12% of our state governor's are women. The sad list goes on and on. If you want a link to these stats, see them on the right under the videos.
The dollars being vacuumed up by the "Republican War on Women" are an exceedingly poor investment. That sideshow has to stop. Hopefully, it is on its dying legs. What a joke it is.