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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?

When female and male voices hold equal weight and equal mass, why there is nothing we couldn't conquer. And if I sound ridiculous saying such a thing, well a person can dream can't they? We don't know what that day will look like because we've never even gotten close. We must remember and we should summon up the outrage to be ashamed and scandalized by the fact that the greatest nation on the face of the earth has only 16.8% of its legislature female. Maybe Congress would be held in greater esteem by the nation if women held 50% of the seats. Imagine that!! Imagine if 50% of our governors were women. Imagine a woman president one day being the face of our nation. Just imagine all of that and more.

Hear the words from these women below. This is what women become when they lead----focused,  smart, inspirational. Imagine that as an every day event. It will never happen if women continue to be at each other's throats. Let's aspire to the words that John Lennon spoke in the song "Imagine" and imagine we women uniting and determining our own fate. We can do it!!!!

Oh and by the way, I'll be listening to the women at the Democratic Convention next week. Can 't wait!!!!

















UPDATE 12:53 p.m.:

I am reminded by Nat below that Jane Edmonds, a member of the Mitt Romney cabinet when he was governor of Massasschusetts, cited some interesting statistics in her speech last night about how all of Romney's senior management team was gender neutral. Hear it for yourself:



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24 comments:

  1. These women were great. It sure beats having to watch pink code dressed up as vaginas and flapping themselves around. eww

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    1. you know, I think that the folks doing this and the ones supporting the pink vaginas thought that they were being really daring. And I guess that they achieved a goal---we're talking about it!!!!

      However, as important as reproductive rights are, they are only a piece of the pie for women's rights. And unfortunately, the dancing pink vaginas highlighted something that the Democrats have fallen prey to. That is that their emphasis for women is on their female organs and not on anything else. That is a woeful trap to fall into for the Democrats and the Democratic women. IMO it makes them look out of touch and with an old not a new message. We women deserve better than that.

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    2. I'm with you, ewwww. Very tacky.

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    3. kenoshamarge--did you see that video? double ewwwww---they were flapping their lips around. Makes me want to throw up my lunch. Of course they would say that I hate myself as a woman. If that's their definition of a real woman count me out.

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  2. As Sarah Palin says, "Fight like a girl."

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  3. Jane Edmonds' speech last night discussed the large number of women he appointed in his MA administration.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL7wZuHVx9A

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    1. thanks for that link Nat. Those WERE impressive stats. I'll see if I can get that info on the piece above

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  4. I was just stunned at the Pink Code stunt! Seriously it looks like something their political enemies would do to mock them and make them look like idiots.

    I too enjoyed the women's speeches at the Republican convention. Thanks for linking them here so I can watch them again.

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    1. Jen the MichiganderAugust 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Frankly, I think stunts like Code Pink's dancing vaginas set the women's movement backward. How many decades ago was the bra burning demonstration? People still talk about it today and use it to dismiss the entire women's movement. "Oh, they're all just a bunch of angry, bra burning feminists" and "Yes, I believe in equality, but I'm not a feminist. I'm not going to go out there and burn my bra." How many have we heard remarks like these? And now they'll add dancing vaginas into the mix.

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    2. wow Jen----you bring up a really good point. I hadn't looked at it that way. But you are absolutely dead on!!

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    3. No question this Pink Code crap is not effective for women's advancement. About a month ago I was sitting in an outdoor bar with a bunch of my middle aged friends both men and women. Everyone had done a fair amount of wine tasting when the women started discussing equality in education and pay relative to our daughters, one of the men brought up how he had been out walking in Toronto last year when he came upon a bunch of women prancing around in lingerie and less to protest something (you all remember the lingerie empowerment against rape demonstrations last year?)which he seemed to think was a related and interesting feminist topic. Well the men all wanted to know if he had a camera and what exactly he saw but they never seemed to figure out what the point of the demonstration had been although he clearly remembered it fondly. The women were just sitting there appalled waiting for the men to shut up so we could hear well enough to go back to what we were talking about. These women who are looking for a chance to expose themselves are definitely hurting the cause.

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    4. sigh, the more things change, the more they stay the same Bes!! Two steps forward and three steps back.

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  5. you know I'm all for women and their sexuality being acknowledged and affirmed. It's important. I just find it difficult knowing where to draw the line at the point where that empowerment becomes more negative than positive. Got any ideas on that one?

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    1. I would say sexual empowerment is important and should happen in private. At least I wish these women would keep their sexual empowerment out of my face. I also don't get how prancing around in lingerie got conflated with female empowerment, I guess it is a Corporate Media concept born of male minds. I think these exhibitionist women are sort of the female version of Frat boys. Everyone just shakes their heads at them but no one really asks them questions that require a thoughtful response or figures that they represent anyone but themselves.

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  6. I was thrilled to see the capable, accomplished, intelligent (and, often, witty) women speaking at the Convention this past week. They made me so proud and "fired up."

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  7. Thanks for collecting them. I teach at night and had missed them all, so it was nice to be able to watch them all back to back without having to search for them. They were all great!

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  8. Hear the words from these women below.

    And please listen carefully to the only speaker who has Mr. Romney's ear after the lights go out.

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  9. Josh---I'm not sure what point you are trying to make, but I am guessing thart you are snarking about the Republicans. As Ann Romney is entitled to be who she is, and the Republicans are entitled to run their campaign as they see fit, so are you entitled to your opinion.

    However, it doesn't take away from the fact that there are women on the Republican side who have found success and power and they should be recognized for this. Since you have a daughter of your own, you must be sympathetic to the fact that there is a dearth of role models for her if she chooses one of the many fields where women are struggling to have there voices heard.

    in spite of the dig whistlers on the Democratic side who think they speak for all women, the Republican women should be recognized for their breakthrough accomplishments.

    And until people stop snarking about having the superior women's agenda, women will never be united as a true force.

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    1. My daughter just started her first year at Brandeis this week, as it happens. Her organic chemistry professor seems to be a good female role model. So is her dad's doctoral advisor, and her mom's doctoral advisor, and the head of her mom's engineering department at Northwestern, and the rabbi who taught her to study Talmud in Aramaic . . . .

      To put it bluntly, this is not her fight: she despises these clowns as a future scientist, not as a woman. But thanks for watching her back.

      As for Ann Romney, she of course speaks for herself. My point was merely that I would like her heard, in her own words, as widely as possible in the next two months.

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    2. well even though your daughter may not need anyone's back, and you and your wife have female mentors in academia, that experience is atypical. You daughter is still growing up in a country that has never had a woman president or VP, ranks #79 now in female representation in government, etc. etc. blah blah blah. No matter what kind of academic bubble she or you move in, those facts permeate our society.

      If you want to demean Ann Romney, go to someone else's blog to do it. You do not have to agree with her positions, but it is not necessary to be sarcastic about her humanity. Her words as widely placed and heard as possible might sway more people to her than repel. Be careful what you wish for......

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    3. Her words as widely placed and heard as possible might sway more people to her than repel.

      This is exactly what Jane Mayer is suggesting in her "Mousy Majority" article, and I don't say she is wrong; Ann Romney's vision of female leadership is deeply sincere and informed by her life experience. (She reminds me very strongly of Mabel Willebrandt, who gave a stirring keynote for Herbert Hoover at the 1928 GOP convention. That was the first convention with 50% female delegates, by the way.) I would like the speech widely heard by all sides, and I don't think I deserve to be accused of snark and sarcasm for saying so. Of course, it's your blog, and you're free to highlight, or omit and play down, any speech you wish.

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  10. edit: that is DOG whistlers

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