Friday, November 21, 2008

Hear me roar!

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite pieces on the state of women in politics during this crazy post-election season:

Madame Secretary! How exciting that Hillary Clinton will be serving as the Secretary of State in the Obama administration. I love that the question of her qualifications for the job is such a non-issue. It is assumed she will do great at the job: from Republicans, her Democratic colleagues, and the public! Go Hillary!

The Glass Ceiling Holds Strong. In spite of my overly optimistic post about Hillary's run for president helping women in this year's national elections, I appreciated the reminder at just how far we still have to go in having our Congress truly reflect our population: only 17 percent of Congress will be female when the new Congress is sworn in in January. Ouch.

The "Bitch" and the "Ditz": How the Year of the Woman reinforced the two most pernicious sexist stereotypes and actually set women back. 'Nuff said.

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