Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I wear the pantsuits

Dear god. You’d think that Hillary just blew the chance for peace in the Middle East, the way that the blogs and news outlets are clamoring on about her response to a Congolese student Monday about what her husband thought about an international financial matter. (see video above)

I woke up to multiple posts about this little “outburst” yesterday, and by the time I actually watched the Youtube video, I was prepared for a wince inducing show. Instead, I watched, sat back, and smiled. THAT’S MY GIRL! Just like Barbara Boxer, she’s standing up for herself and demanding to be taken seriously.

The question (as translated) was indeed infuriating. As Justice Ginsburg has recently reminded us, even the most powerful women have their voices muted.

I find it incongruous that the news was also filled this past week with shock and outrage over the women-hating motivations of the shooter at the suburban gym in Pennsylvania. Male reporters were quick to offer self-congratulatory critiques on the misogyny still ever so present today.

Frankly, I don’t have enough women in leadership positions to use as a role model for those frustrating, every day sexist occurrences in the workplace. Men who refuse to learn my name, so just call me “sweetie” in meetings, or men who prefer to answer my questions directly to my (male) boss.

No, this isn’t a flashback to Mad Men times. This is life in politics and corporate America in the 21st century.

So, thank you, Hillary. Thank you for standing up for yourself, your smarts, and your job. You’ve inspired me.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Thank you to the Senate for confirming Sonia Sotomayor as a United States Supreme Court Justice!

And thank you to all of the senators who informed this choice and the nomination process.

Ruth – you’re not alone any more!

Here’s to the message this sends to the women of America – old and young. As Ginsburg recently said about being the lone women at the court:

The "worst part," is the image of a single woman at the high court projects, particularly to young people visiting the court: "Young women are going to think, 'Can I really aspire to that kind of post?' "

(Couldn't resist this photo of Federica Lomoriello, 11, portraying retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during a President’s Day and Women’s History Month celebration at Nativity School.)