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.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Healthy Conversation

Cynthia Ruccia

It has been refreshing reading, hearing, and listening to the conversations sprouting up all over the place around the topic of why women aren't making it to the top. Although some of the explosion in the topic is due to Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In, it is also the result of people like us trumpeting this problem all of the time all over the place over the course of the past 5 years. It could be said that this conversation----the one we FINALLY seem to be having at long last hallelujah------is the direct result of the 2008 presidential election and the sexism circus surrounding Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. It was so painfully obvious in that election season that women still faced daunting obstacles reaching the pinnacle of power in proportion to our numbers. It was so painful, that conversation, that major forces worked hard to sweep it under the rug as if it never happened. Many thanks to the wonderful women who catalogued the offenses in film (there are two excellent films from that time in the right column on this blog), on paper (read Anita Finlay's book also referenced on the right), and on many blogs including this one. Read through Women Win Too's archives-----you will find alot of discussion and documentation of why women aren't making it to the top.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Hoopla Around Sheryl Sandberg's Book

Cynthia Ruccia

Ok----I haven't even READ the book. I meant to read it. I intended to download it into my kindle and stay up all night Monday to read it. And then I meant to write about it on Tuesday. Clearly none of that happened as I got too busy with other things.

However that hasn't stopped me from being inundated with comments about the book and reading much of what has been written about it both online and beyond. Sad to say, once more a woman has stuck her neck out and is paying the price for it. Now I don't mean to sound whiny about this. As Harry Truman famously said, if you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen. And he is correct.

But beyond the normal criticism of anything there remains about the criticism of Sandberg and her book more of the "Women Are Their Own Worst Enemy" syndrome mentioned in my last piece. I believe she is receiving the same blowback that Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and other women often receive who deign to stick their necks out, raise the standards, and simply get too uppity for people to deal with.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Women Are Our Own Worst Enemy

Cynthia Ruccia

I've had it-----really had it. What is the problem that women can't support women-----at all???? I get that we can't support every single women. I have conceded the point that there are just some women that we can't get behind. But seriously----where does one draw the line? Do we support no women on principle? HUH???????

I have awakened this morning to the news that the California chapter of NOW is not endorsing the woman in the L.A. mayoral race. Read about it here. There is a perfectly wonderful woman, two in fact, who are running for mayor. The organization's statement said that the man had a better track record supporting women. This group also supported Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008.