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, January 31, 2013

That Pesky Glass Ceiling

Cynthia Ruccia

It is time to stop tiptoeing around the fact that women don't run much in the United States. It is a fact that I am going to illustrate shortly. People like to pooh pooh the notion because some progress HAS been made for women in the past 40 years. Yes, women are a larger part of the workforce than ever, women have better college graduation rates than men, women are populating the professions in ever greater numbers and in some cases exceeding the percentage of men. Why even just this week, women have been given the right to fight alongside men in combat.

All of this is well and good, but for the most part, women's advances have almost completely side stepped the advances that lead to the very top. This fact of life is largely unknown, and when the statistics are revealed, people are visibly shocked.

Part of this conversation revolves around three things. First of all, there is the false notion that women will simply EVOLVE to the top. If that is the case, the pace is so glacially slow that maybe in 200-300 years women will evolve to hold power positions in proportion to their numbers, and I'm not being facetious or sarcastic.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Binders Full of Pro-Women-At-The-Top Articles???

Cynthia Ruccia

Have we had enough of this stupid joke already? Apparently not!! Regardless, we are suddenly in the last few days being innundated with articles complaining that President Obama is appointing only men to the top positions in his second term. We have this one in the New York Times, another one in the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, One News, and this terrific one from Foreign Affairs which says that Obama needs "hormone therapy." From whence comes this embarrassment of riches?

Lots of people like myself have been complaining for YEARS that the president isn't gender friendly. We've complained that his cabinet was no more gender friendly than President George W. Bush, and never reached the high bar that the Clinton Administration did in appointing the most female cabinet members ever. We've written about it over and over again----check out the archives of this blog for starters.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Another "Should Have Been?"

Cynthia Ruccia

Tell me that the Democrats aren't running their own War on Women-----------I won't believe you. According to The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, NBC News, New York Magazine, and scores of other sources, our president is poised to nominate Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense next week. The picture above is of Michele Flournoy who was said to be in the running for this spot. Why is it that people keep making excuses for these Democrats who like to think that they look like they're promoting gender equality by floating a woman's name for a post but ultimately appointing/nominating the male?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Cynthia Ruccia

Isn't that a pretty picture? Taken from this wonderful New York Times article, this photo speaks loudly about women's aspirations!! We have a state, New Hampshire, where women have risen to all of the highest political positions and it is beautiful!! And these women come from both parties too. And to hear them talk about it in the article, they like working together and forging consensus. Yes, that "C" word----the one that gets lost in today's political climate.