DNCC Tuesday: Celebrating Women

Today, the 88th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, is being billed as "Women's Day" at the convention. During the 5p-6p hour (7-8 EDT) we'll see our Democratic women senators (all except Clinton who'll speak later and Feinstein who broke her ankle); during the 9-10p EDT hour, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will speak, as will Lily Ledbetter whose "actions against Goodyear Tire led to the passage of the Fair Pay Restoration Act" and of course the culmination of the evening will be Hillary Clinton's speech to the convention. DemConWatch has the full schedule.

Yesterday wasn't too shabby for women, either, of course, with Nancy Pelosi taking the gavel as the parliamentarian of the convention and Sen. Claire McCaskill and Michelle Obama with prominent prime time speaking slots (not to mention Malia and Sascha, of course.) It was no accident that both McCaskill and Mrs. Obama made reference to Barack's support of equal pay for equal work for women.

Today may be "women's day" but make no mistake, whether over the radar or under, Aug, 25-28 on some level is "women's week."

Speaking of which, today at 2pm (local time) I'll be at the EMILY's List gala featuring Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Obama. I'll liveblog it if I can.

Tags: DNCC, Hillary Clinton, Women (all tags)



Re: DNCC Tuesday: Celebrating Women

You might be interested in a current NY Times Op Ed about why most women are not so enthusiastic about "women's week" in politics in this country.  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/opinio n/26faludi.html

Some stats:

In the current Congress, only 16% of seats are held by women.

The U.S. ranks #69 among countries with the highest percentage of women in government. Countries that have a higher percentage of women include countries such as Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uganda.

Women still earn 77 cents to the dollar vis-a-vis men's pay.

Efforts targeting Social Security would have a disproportionate impact on women, as they are the primary beneficiaries of the current system.

Birth control is under attack, with the Bush administration trying to classify birth control pills as a form of abortion.  Access to effective means of birth control, as well as education about reproductive health, are what allows women to compete in the workforce, to ensure that they are not trapped in violent intimate partnerships, to avoid the burdens of single parenthood, etc.

by milton333 2008-08-26 08:15AM | 0 recs
Re: The good news

I'm sure you mean well, but "women's issues" sounds like such a derogatory term, as if 50% of the population has some sort of petty special interest agenda to advance.  I mentioned Social Security, for example, which disproportionately impacts women, but is and should be a concern for this country as a whole.

I'd also like for you to consider that suggesting that we'll be okay because we have a male president who is "receptive" to our "issues" is paternalistic and insulting.  Consider if Obama had not won the nomination, and you were suggesting to disappointed African-Americans that it was okay, that there was a white presidential candidate who was sympathetic to their "issues."  I don't want to be taken care of by the male power structure, I want women in positions of power.  I don't want to be patted on the head and told that it will be okay, that men will look out for me and my "issues," in lieu of having more women representatives in government.  

And pointing to Michele Obama and her daughters, who are, I'm sure, fine people, is not evidence of progress in terms of gender equality in our society or in our party.  Michele Obama is not a leader, she is a supportive spouse.  Good for her, but it is nothing like having women actually IN positions of governance, instead of cheering on their governing husbands, know what I mean?

by milton333 2008-08-26 10:03AM | 0 recs
O Catfish

by mikeinsf 2008-08-26 08:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Let's gag her more, let's date rape her

OK. You are crossing lines. Your pseudo-feminism is just annoying. Feminism does not begin and end with Hillary being on the ticket.  Your prickly accusations sexism everywhere are tiresome.  

by mikeinsf 2008-08-26 09:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Nice save, after Alred-bashing

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe she gagged herself.

by PSUdan 2008-08-26 09:14AM | 0 recs
Re: DNC Tuesday: Celebrating Women

DNC. Two C's is enough.

It is the DNC, the Democratic National Convention.

Not to be confused with the DCCC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

by Woody 2008-08-26 12:43PM | 0 recs


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