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Yes, I know we have a few more primaries to run through, but even if Hillary pulls out some miracle, I’m still wondering how did this all happen? One year ago she was the nominee. The one with the money, the connections, and the momentum. She had the super early endorsements of NOW, EMILY’s List and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Why are we in mid-May still trying to pick a nominee? Why didn’t women in every state overwhelmingly vote for Hillary? A woman who has spent her entire adulthood working for women and children’s rights?
At Lifetime (television for women), their political coverage is framed as “Every Woman Counts.” Women are posting their responses to “If I were President…” Just looking at the things posted on the front page, they are things that Hillary talks about.
Earlier this month Paige Wiser of the Chicago Sun-Times asked the question “What if women ran Chicago?” What did she find? That family issues would be at the forefront - No more worrying about that 2-3 hour gap between when teachers clock out and we clock out. Despite women’s own egos there would be less sore losers. Other things mentioned, both serious and not-so:
* Better pay for teachers
* No more ugly condos (there are a lot of them in Chicago!)
* Low-income housing
* Make Chicago Transit Authority administrators to HAVE to take the CTA every single day, until they get it right
* Teach kids about finance
* Make men were skirts & heels in the winter
* Women would be able to talk about sex without stigma
* Body hair would be beautiful, but men would have to get Brazillians
* Comprehensive sex ed for all
* Put gyms in office buildings
In her follow-up column, Wiser brings us a woman who worked with Chicago’s only woman mayor:
Karen Petitte, consumer affairs commissioner for 1979-83 Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, says:
I feel we have NOT “come a long way, baby” when it comes to women in power. It’s pretty hard to maintain a female sensibility in the political arena because it thrives on power, competition and “macho” demonstrations of strength. Unfortunately, when women try to play the game with the big boys they get a lot of criticism for being harsh, aggressive, hostile.
Seriously, what happened? How did Hillary lose the support of Democratic women? Did she fall prey to what Petitte points out? That Hillary tried so hard to look tough enough for the guys that us gals were turned off? And what does that mean, if anything, for us working women? If the ultimate working mom can’t count on the legions of working moms in this country and in her party to support her, who would women vote for? Who would women support?
For the record, I voted for Hillary even though Barack is my Senator, but I am not so wedded to Hillary that I will throw a tantrum and sit out the November election. And I firmly believe that both candidates are pretty much the same on policy issues.
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