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Saturday, October 12, 2013

More To Smile About

Cynthia Ruccia

I've been so completely FLUMMOXED at the goings on in our country that I just haven't felt like writing. It's like I've said it all before----why continue on with the same old same old. You know----all of the rank sexism everywhere you look. The beginnings of the same old attacks on Hillary should she decide to run----attacks I might add coming from both the left and the right. Ugh. It's just TOO MUCH!!!!

All of the same stuff about how and why women don't support each other. Actually I read a great piece by Phyllis Chesler on this subject, a piece prompted by the fact that the Democrats couldn't bring themselves to support their two wonderful, viable female candidates for mayors of Los Angeles and New York City. Read this terrific analysis here. You can still vote for an African-American simply because they are African-American to show solidarity and advance the prospects for all African Americans, but God forbid you vote for a woman because they are a woman. You then are labelled at best "vagina voter" and at worst "traitor to women." Go figure. The world is upside down.

Gotta love Hanna Rosin for showing how great things really are for women in a piece entitled "Men Dither While Women Lead In The World."  Read it and SMILE:

(CNN) -- This important leader handles the debt crisis with grace, navigating expertly between austerity and growth. The leader's opponents grumble, more out of jealousy than genuine opposition, and loyal supporters hail the leader as a hero. The leader's popularity soars; re-election is not in question. Meanwhile, unemployment is at an all-time low, and the leader's nation is looking like its own island of prosperity, a beacon to a suffering continent.
For President Barack Obama, this is a daydream. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, this is life. Funny how the most admired leader of the Western world right now, the clearest example we have of consistent success during trying times, is a woman.
Hanna Rosin
Hanna Rosin
The pictures in the news, day after day, tell the story: House Speaker John Boehner looks like he hasn't slept in weeks. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell looks like he swallowed a lemon. Sen. Ted Cruz looks bizarrely smug while the world crumbles around him, and Obama can only shake his head and loosen his collar. The only Washington type who was smiling on the front page of the newspaper this week was Janet Yellen, newly nominated by Obama to be the chair of the Federal Reserve, and anointed by one observer as the most powerful woman in world history.
Oh, and there was one other person smiling in Washington: Christine Lagarde, chief of the International Monetary Fund, who was in the U.S. capital for the organization's annual meeting and who said just about the only sensible thing anyone in town has said all week on the debt ceiling crisis: "I hope that in a few weeks' time, we will look back and say, 'What a waste of time that was.' "
This has not been a shining week for the patriarchy. The men in suits dither, posture, plan negotiation sessions and then cancel them, and employ copious military metaphors -- "wage battle," "refuse to surrender" -- to no effect. Increasingly they become associated in the minds of the American people with verbs normally used to describe toddlers, such as "tantrum" or "throw a fit."
Malala on the Nobel Peace Prize
Janet Yellen: 'Small lady with large IQ'
Lagarde on European 'green shoots'
Competence, meanwhile belongs to the women, particularly in the usually macho world of global finance. Over in Europe, Merkel was re-elected on the basis of her deft handling of the eurozone crisis, and in the United States, monetary policy was entrusted to Yellen. Making the victory extra sweet for women, she was chosen instead of Lawrence Summers, who will forever be remembered for saying women aren't that good at math.
And this moment of female triumph extends beyond mere competence to unfathomable bravery. The hero of the moment -- the person who has been shot at, nearly killed and is still not afraid to talk -- is a heroine: 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was nominated for a Nobel Prize and who told Jon Stewart this week that if she were faced with a Taliban gunman such as the one who shot her last year she would, once again, explain to him how important education is for girls. (In response Stewart asked if he could adopt her.)
Perhaps this will be remembered as the week when everything shifted, when we realized that leaving groups of men in charge of global decisions and of facing down terrorists is not a good idea, and we'd better calmly hand the reins over to the women.

Don't laugh. It happened in Iceland. Lagarde described the transfer of power recently on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative. She explained how women brought Iceland out of its recession. After the economy crashed, "the banks, the funds, the government -- everything was taken over by women," she told The Wall Street Journal. "So when it's messy, you get the women in. But when the mess is sorted," she added, "keep the women."


  1. missed you Cynthia---was wondering if I needed to get worried about you! Rosin was music to my ears.

  2. Great words of inspiration. Gives us hope for the human race.

  3. Thank you for posting Rosin's article. Here in Texas, we are hoping Wendy Davis will become our Governor. Another strong, capable Leader!!

    Glad you are back, Cynthia.

  4. Confederate Flag guy was one your tea party own, Cynthia. And even if he was an Acorn plant, how come no one told him to furl up his traitor's banner and shove it . . .

    1. Don't know who you are anon. HOWEVER, you can stop your stupid taunts. I am not aTea Partier, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, whatever. I'm an Independent-----not shilling for anyone. EVER. AGAIN. Go bug someone else......