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.

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.