I was 10 years old the first time I heard the name, "Geraldine Ferraro."It was in a joke, I now can't remember, somehow swapped for the word "Ferrari” on the merry-go-round at Washington Elementary School. I found myself reeling as I whirled in circles soaking up the scoop on this sinister succubus who would one day dare to oppose our republic’s rightful redeemer, Ronald Reagan. I was thirty miles outside of Wichita, but a world away from the “elitist East Coast” as I gained my informal education on the playground in my proudly conservative precinct in Southern Kansas....more
So if you haven't heard yet, my friend and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. It's a huge, demanding, pressure-filled responsibility, and Sylvia's experience and skills are a very good fit for the position....more
In the last couple of weeks there has been some strange attack happening on the Girl Scouts. First there was the attack pushed out by right-wing, conservative, republican, tea-party - whatever you want to call them - bloggers and FOX news hosts trying to say that GSUSA are pushing a "Liberal Agenda" ...more
It bothers me a little bit that the small print above the August 23 issue of The New York Times Magazine reads, "Saving the World's Women." I'm not sure why. Maybe there's something weirdly patriarchal about it, conjuring images of women sitting around waiting to be rescued? The word "saving" almost implies some sort of blame, as if the world's women did something stupid and now we need to save them from themselves. Or maybe it is the cultural baggage that comes from an American magazine imploring readers to "save" people, which reminds me of all the "saving" that we did in the past that created a lot of other problems. Anyway, aside from my nitpicky initial reaction to something in minuscule font, it is great that the August 23 issue focuses on women who are marginalized and ignored.
The excellent economists at Vox, a site featuring research-based (which, I point out, is unfortunately rare when discussing gender; most "research" turns out to be opinion and stereotype-based, but I digress) policy analysis and commentary from leading economists, concluded the obvious but rarely discussed: that nations with better gender equality are wealthier than those in which women suffer from substantial discrimination.