Helping Our Heroes

They say that women pioneers inspire women and girls to succeed, but they help men and boys too. It is men who have most of the powerful jobs and it is often men who decide whether to hire a woman VP, CEO, astronaut, etc. Will men use that power for good by hiring a qualified woman or will they continue sexism by not hiring available qualified women? Female pioneers help men see that women can do the job and once men see that women are capable, they’re more likely to hire women for those jobs. For example, John McCain saw that Gov. Sarah Palin was a great governor who had improved the economy, improved ethics in government, and strengthened our national security by promoting energy independence through drilling and the gas pipeline, so he hired her which greatly benefited women and girls as well as our country. *edited paragraph 10/31/08

Kathryn Cullen-Du Pont asked astronaut Eileen Collins, "You've carried women's history memorabilia into space. Can you tell me a bit about this and your appreciation of the women who've gone before you?"

Collins replied, "Women flew and it wasn't something that was expected out of women. ...Bobbie Trout is a famous aviator from years ago--I flew her pilot's license on my first flight [into space]..."

After listing memorabilia she flew through space to honor flying women Collins stated, "They made a contribution, all these women did really great jobs, and you know, one barrier after another has fallen as the decades have gone by, and the reason that the barriers have come down is because the system, which is primarily male, would look up and say, "Hey, these women can really do the job, so why would we restrict them." So I always make it a point to acknowledge the women who flew before me, and were in the military before me, because their contributions have allowed my generation to have the opportunities that we have, and if they had not done the things that they did, I don't think women would have these opportunities today.

That is why women pioneers are so important. We need their example to convince people to hire us. When you help a woman pioneer you are helping all 3 billion women and girls. They need our support because women and girls are the most oppressed group in the world in terms of numbers and degree of harm inflicted on us by sexism. So they need us and we need them.

Unfortunately, historians, journalists, media, etc. sometimes distort women pioneer's accomplishments, to make it seem they did less. We must see past that curtain they place before our eyes. The first step is to recognize a pioneer. The second step is to help her. And the third step is to enjoy women's progress!

There are numerous ways we enjoy women's progress. For example, when Germans voted for Angela Merkel as their first Chancellor they reaped the rewards of a better economy. When the Olympics allowed women to compete, girls became more proud of their country and prouder of being girls. When George Hitchings hired Gertrude Elion at Burroughs-Wellcome pharmaceutical company she invented life-improving and life-saving drugs for men and women. It would be so much better if women had equality with men because we would be richer, happier, more peaceful. That's why I help the brave women pioneers. And now a word from soccer pioneer Brandi Chastain:

*Please note: Many of my reply posts have been hidden. All my replies were polite and on topic so I presume I was censored because people wanted to hide information they didn't want readers to know about. When I wrote my Sep 27, 2008 diary about ten of my replies were hidden which ended the conversation I was having with people so I decided I will no longer reply to comments on my diaries until this web site is changed to allow people's posts to be viewed by everyone. You can reply to this diary on my blog: http://journaloffeministinsight.blogspot .com/2008/10/why-i-have-decided-to-help- brave-women.html

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18 Comments

Okay, wonderful

I still think Governor Palin is a walking trainwreck.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-10-30 11:54AM | 0 recs
No, scratch that

Did you just, by implication, favorably compare Governor Palin with Angela Merkel?  Seriously?

I disagree with Margaret Thatcher's politics as strongly as I can.  That doesn't mean I don't think she was, and is, incredibly intelligent, forceful, and capable.  While I don't have the same ideological issues with Merkel I likewise respect the hell out of her.

I'm doing these women the courtesy of viewing them as human beings in office, not "women in office" in any sort of way that requires lowered standards.  Thatcher, Merkel, Meir, and yes Clinton all earned their stripes.  Palin was given hers.  And she's dropped them.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-10-30 11:56AM | 0 recs
We need to fix the sexism against men

Women can wear pants, but men can't wear dresses or skirts without being discriminated against.

Please make this the basis of your next diary.

by Dracomicron 2008-10-30 11:57AM | 0 recs
Next diary

...can we please have a couple of essays on Rosemary West. She's a British female serial killer, and tends to get overlooked with all this imperialist sexist over emphasis on American Male Serial Killers.

Enough is enough. Women serial killers of the world unite. Shed those sexist chains. Kill more, more often

by brit 2008-10-30 12:05PM | 0 recs
Actually, regarding gender and geography, you win:

Jack the Ripper:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_the_Ri pper

by ChitownDenny 2008-10-30 01:25PM | 0 recs
PS

C'mon. Admit it. This is snark. I'm pretty sure this the work of one of those jazzing satirists who used to haunt MYDD

by brit 2008-10-30 12:06PM | 0 recs
pps

I'm rec'cing this because it is such great satire

by brit 2008-10-30 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Helping Our Heroes

It is an unfortunate truth that the first person from category <x> to attempt to do <y> sets the tempo of future progress for some time afterward.  If they succeed, it can lead those around them to say "Oh, well, that should have been obvious all along."  And if they fail, it can set things back for a generation or more.

Supporting everyone who wakes up one day and says, "I want to be a pioneer" unconditionally isn't progress, it's pandering.  If my niece wants to go into politics, I want it to be because smart, funny, competent, curious, loving, empathetic, disciplined women like Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, Olympia Snowe and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Kathleen Sebelius and Margaret Chase Smith and Hillary Clinton, stood up and got the job done.  

I don't want her thinking that she can wink her way into the Oval Office.  I don't want her thinking that appeals to the basest aspects of thuggery and mob mentality win the day.  And I don't want her thinking that acting like a diva and wandering through the world with a total lack of intellectual curiousity are rewarded.

I don't want her following Palin.  Anywhere.

by Dreorg 2008-10-30 12:20PM | 0 recs
The really sad thing is

Nancy has already stated, she doesn't want to respond to us, cause I would pay money to hear her try to argue your points, which, btw, sum it up perfectly.

The Republicans didn't choose Palin because she was their version of Clinton (As you said, they would have choosen Oly Snowe) they chose her because she was the anti-Clinton.

They are against everything feminism stands for, and Palin is their answer.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-30 01:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Helping Our Heroes

Nancy, I submit that you are a coward and unable to defend your positions, and that is why you refuse to comment in your own diaries. Not to mention a blatant attempt to drive up traffic on your own blog.

Furthermore, your blindness in insisting Governor Palin is some sort of feminist about to break the "glass ceiling" diminishes every single woman who worked their asses off to get where they are, including Hillary.
And what stares you in the face every day and what you refuse to accept is that Palin's appointment as McCain's running mate was the most sexist move of all. She wasn't chosen because she was qualified, she was chosen because of her gender.
She was chosen because McCain's campaign thought that women were voting for Hillary simply because she was a woman. Fortunately, most intelligent women saw through that ruse very quickly.

by skohayes 2008-10-30 01:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Helping Our Heroes

I hear from sources who shall remain nameless that Nancy is actually a poultry sexer by day.  This may help to explain both her highly refined and genital-oriented sense for gender and her complete disinterest in women's rights.

by failsafer 2008-10-30 02:09PM | 0 recs
P. S.

If you want to actually start a discussion, doing it on your own blog will fail.  Doing it on a blog that requires a blogger account for comments will fail harder.

by failsafer 2008-10-30 02:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Helping Our Heroes

Wait, when did Brandi Chastain complain about her comments being hidden?

by Jess81 2008-10-30 03:57PM | 0 recs
Absolutely

We should support heroes like Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

We should not only support heroes like Ms. Ride - but we should heed what they tell us!

by zonk 2008-10-30 08:21PM | 0 recs
I don't get it

Nancy -

how come you invited people to comment at your blog -- then deleted my comment?

I simply noted the Sally Ride endorsement and provided a few clips about from it.

Is Sally Ride the enemy?

by zonk 2008-10-31 07:24AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't get it

"I presume you were censored because she wanted to hide from her readers(?!) information she didn't want them to know about."

by Jess81 2008-10-31 08:07AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't get it

Because she is a stunning hypocrite with an ego so out of scale with her limited abilities as a self appointed internet pundit, which basically means she knows how to google, hit control-C/Control-V and add some doggerel of her own making.

Only She makes the rules, YOU do not make the rules or even dar to question her rules....

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-31 01:10PM | 0 recs
Sally Ride

Hear, hear!

by January 20 2008-10-31 02:03AM | 0 recs

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