@DNC: BlogHers on the future of women in politics (a BlogHim weighs in), Ferraro, the Clintons and living "The Dream"
As BlogHers prepare to watch the first black man in American history accept the presidential nomination from a major political party, we are talking about everything from Martin Luther King, Jr. the future of women in politics -- according to BlogHers AND a BlogHim. Don't miss:
* Maria Niles: VIDEO - Gender and politics - a BlogHim perspective
Maria describes, "BlogHer spoke with BlogHim Chris Rabb, publisher of Afro-Netizen, and husband of Dr. Imani Perry, about gender and politics. Chris shared his thoughts on the importance of re-thinking gender definitions especially for progressives and feminists of any gender. He also speaks of the importance of men speaking out against the sexism that was directed towards Hillary Clinton in the campaign as well as how meaningful it is as a father to see Barack Obama's family..."
Suzanne writes, "Buried in Susan Faludi's New York Times sprawling op-ed regarding the anger many women are expressing that Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic nomination, how women are covered in the press, and the history of the white suffragette movement, there is a crucial paragraph with vital facts about our current political state. Faludi notes: 'Today, the United States ranks 22nd among the 30 developed nations in its proportion of female federal lawmakers. The proportion of female state legislators has been stuck in the low 20 percent range for 15 years; women’s share of state elective executive offices has fallen consistently since 2000, and is now under 25 percent. The American political pipeline is 86 percent male.'..."
* Joanne Bamberger: The Clintons set the stage for Obama
"They set the stage. They primed the audience of the faithful. To use a sports metaphor, they have teed it up as nicely as they can for Barack Obama when he speaks this evening before 70,000 people in Denver. The Clintons have made their speeches and stepped out of the convention spotlight. So now, it's up to him. Tonight is the night that Barack Obama is really going to have to hit it out of Invesco Field. Because even as motivating as the Democratic convention has seemed, the Republicans are up next and they'll take whatever opportunities they can to knock him back down..."
* JC: Hope for a change
JC writes, "Barack Obama is not my messiah. He's human with human faults and foibles. But he's the first presidential candidate in a very long time who has given me hope in a time when we certainly need it."
* Midlife Muse: Living history - the dream 45 years later
Midlife Muse writes, "Maybe, like me, this day -- both in 1963 and 2008 -- has overwhelming significance for you. Or maybe you're reading this and thinking that you don't plan to vote for Senator Obama. Maybe you don't really know much about Dr. King. Or maybe you aren't old enough to have lived through the fight for civil rights. And maybe you haven't experienced racial discrimination. Well that's OK. Because if you have 12 minutes to watch this video of Dr. King's speech, you'll get a sense of why, as Americans, we're all living history today...."
Hope to see you in Professor Kim Pearson's live-blog later tonight!
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