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.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Finally---Republican Women Take The Reins

Cynthia Ruccia

It's called "Women on the Right Unite," and it's an initiative coming from all of the major segments of the Republican Party from the Republican National Committee to the Republican Senate and Congressional Committees on down to College Republicans . The goal is to get more women elected on the Republican side in the 2014 election cycle and beyond. The activities will include candidate recruitment, funding, and more.

I have been waiting, and not so patiently, for the Republicans to wake up to the fact that their female elected officials are fantastic (the #1 Republican in the House Rep.Cathy McMorris Rodgers to start off the list with....), and that the time has arrived for them to leverage these women with more women. I say this as a former Democrat, now proud Independent. It is critical to elect more women on both sides of the aisle, and the Republicans have been lagging behind. This "lagging" hurts not only the Republican brand, it hurts all women and all women's politics.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nutroots Nation (h/t myiq)

Cynthia Ruccia

I know that the subject of Hillary Clinton is a difficult one for the regular readers of this blog. It's a real irony since it was her presidential candidacy of 2008 and her subsequent sexist skewering that brought us all together. The misogyny emanating from our former home, the Democrats, caused an estimated 4 million of us to leave the Democratic Party. I might also add that the vote rigging during the rules and bylaws committee meeting in 2008 added significantly to the ugly stench of hypocrisy.

I understand that some of us are tremendously troubled about the path that Hillary has taken starting by "laying down with the dogs" as some would put it by joining the Obama administration all the way to the current and troubling unfolding of the events surrounding the September 11 deaths in Benghazi. I get it. I'd like to go on record to say that although I can sympathize with the people who hold these views, my sentiments fall differently. I am still a Hillary Clinton supporter. I'd still love to see her become the first female president of the U.S. I too am unhappy about some of the same things, but not enough to change my stance. In my opinion, Hillary Clinton would make a fine president, warts and all. Why should she pay a heavier price for her flaws than a man would? Most men who have run for and won the presidency have carried a far bigger load of actual mistakes, misjudgments, and the like and haven't had to suffer the opprobrium being thrown at HRC.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I Interrupt My Vacation For A Word About Sarah Palin

Cynthia Ruccia

I am in sunny southern Italy for a family wedding. I've been really enjoying the food, the gorgeous weather, swimming in the Adriatic, being with my husband's wonderful family who all live here and whom we see too little of, and just getting away from it all. Sort of. Even here, you can't really unplug yourself. One would have to go to the moon for that these days. Or beyond.

So I was catching up on the news from home when this odious piece landed in my inbox, and until I comment I won't be able to eat another lucious scamorza fresca, a fioroni fig, or anything else until I get this off my chest. My niece's wedding is in about 8 hours, and even on this special day, I'm thinking about the state of women and sexism back in the United States.

Joan Walsh needs to resign her position at Salon-----or they need to fire her. Seriously. I'm a little late to the party about her (my friend K is constantly surprised that I give this woman any credibility), but I thought that at least for a woman to have ascended to the helm of one of the most successful internet magazines, she must have SOMETHING going for her. Lately, she has become SHRILL-------------hahahahahahahaha. Sorry, I just couldn't help myself. I know it is horrible to call a member of the sisterhood shrill. But it is meant as a deep insult. Sorry again.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Special Place in Hell.....

Cynthia Ruccia


There's a quote by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that goes:

I'd like to take that one step further------that there's a special place in hell for women who advance at the expense of other women. And that's putting it politely.

At any rate, that quote and its derivative have taken up residence in my brain after watching Susan Rice and Samantha Power each take one more step up their professional ladder today. On the surface I should be happy. After all, the president took the opportunity to add another woman to his team instead of a man (that being Power----Rice was already on board).