"On Periods: Let’s put this shit to bed right now: Women don’t lose their minds when they have period-related irritability. It doesn’t lower their ability to reason; it lowers their patience and, hence, tolerance for bullshit. If an issue comes up a lot during “that time of the month,” that doesn’t mean she only cares about it once a month; it means she’s bothered by it all the time and lacks the capacity, once a month, to shove it down and bury it beneath six gulps of willful silence. "
“Most women will not become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. The numbers already prove that. A significant reason why is that grown, responsible men are still adolescent boys at heart. But it’s not all our fault. Because while we are still prohibited from asking reasonable questions like “do you plan to start a family anytime soon and what impact will that have on my business?” there will always be discrimination in the workplace.
Look, most grown men are still 12-year-old boys inside. Most men still expect their working spouse to assume responsibility for the household chores. Most men turn immediately to their wives when their kid has the sniffles (“you don’t expect me to miss work, do you?”). Most men raise their eyebrows and give each other a nudge when a good-looking girl appears at a meeting. We check out the way they’re dressed. We’re shocked (still) when they make off-color jokes (she seemed like such a nice girl!). And most men still don’t feel comfortable golfing and drinking with their female colleagues because we can’t make jokes about sex and farting.
Ladies, please know: You’ve helped to create this problem too. Because sometimes we are forced to discriminate, even when it goes against our business principles. That’s what Sandberg is getting at. I am not embarrassed to say that when I interview a young woman, my first thought is “what happens when/if she gets pregnant?” This is a legitimate business question. Right or wrong, the fact is that men delegate mothering to women. And most women (thank God) want that job too—it’s natural. “
Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women. It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress. Women earn only 70 cents to each dollar men make. Women of color and undocumented women make less than white citizens. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are determined to overturn Roe V. Wade. Romney has not supported equal pay for women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney doesn’t want health care to cover birth control. Romney says same sex marriage should be banned with a Constitutional Amendment.
Women, let’s rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights. A vote for Obama is a vote for our families. It is a vote to marry who you choose. It’s a vote to start a family when you choose. A vote for Obama says that we won’t stand for violence against women and that rape is rape. Our vote ensures that our daughters will grow up with the same rights that we’ve had. A vote for Obama sends a message: This war on women must end. We will not go backwards.
Ladies, we need to make sure that our voice is heard. This is amazing and wonderful and you should watch it and pass it on.
What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration — a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.
They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.
Yeah so basically a woman’s group got together in an effort to create change and a white dude in power took credit for it. What else is new.
Not to mention, by his own account, he knew no qualified women himself—after decades in business and politics.
And then he only appointed women to positions in agencies he didn’t care about.
That’s a good point. Because he was in management consulting, which means he would have known a whole raft of senior management consultants not just at Bain but elsewhere as well (above a certain level it’s a reasonably small industry and so many of them went to the same schools etc.). Which also means he would have known or known of hundreds of women in industry. Now, sure, Bain Capital is private equity, but even there you’re going to know more senior women, I believe, than you’d know if your world was confined to investment banking.
And after running for Governor, you’d have to know or know of a boatload of senior people in various parts of government or quasi-governmental groups - current and former bureaucrats and political operatives. Exactly the kinds of people who you’d recruit for cabinet roles and other senior government appointments.
So, yes, absolutely, that’s bullshit. Shows a serious myopia.
reblogging for commentary.
Judy Greer, Rashida Jones and Ana Gasteyer in V Magazine’s Women of Comedy issue!
OMG. This looks AMAZING.
Hundreds of women silently line up outside of the Virginia state Capitol to protest legislation that would require women to undergo ultrasounds before being granted abortions.
Bob Brown / Richmond Times Dispatch
“Two girls with a feminine version of G.I. haircuts, wearing mannish clothes, were brought into court on charges of tampering with and driving off in an automobile to make the rounds of Chicago’s North Side taverns.” - Chicago, May 25, 1944
Some women just bug men. Hillary Clinton did (and still does). Nancy Pelosi, who has replaced Clinton as the Scary Democratic Woman in Republican fundraising appeals, surely does. And now Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has joined the club.
A very interesting and thoughtful read.