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Hillary Clinton and Malala

Hillary Clinton is in the World News today on NBCnews.com today speaking out for women’s rights around the world especially the fact that women are considered lower than men. 


She recalls how the fact that she was a government representative, the United States of America Secretary of state “allowed” her, a woman, to be received by other heads of countries who would normally not allow a woman to be present in their meetings. She stated she felt the crush of, “what it was like to be a female official visiting male-dominated countries” (Clinton). She knows only too well from first hand experience and stated, there would be “many sacrifices and losses” before daughters were “valued as sons” across the world (Clinton). How lucky we are here in America most of our battles have been won would you not agree? We can go to school, we can obtain government offices we just have to go for it!

Clinton is optimistic, stating, “We are on the right side of history in this struggle.” she acknowledges the sacrifices girls like Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot for speaking up for women and girls attending school. Clinton likens her to her own daughter, a person who “strongly believes in the right of every person, male and female, to have the opportunity to live up to his or her … potential.” And the only way we are going to achieve that is through equal treatment in all walks of life. Douglas echoes this sentiment and this all gives us hope for the future. 




Women are still pigeon holed!

Isn’t it interesting that the only higher office in the upper echelon of American politics a woman in America can hold is Secretary of State. We do have Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House but of the real offices, President, VP and the like women are only allowed to hold the office of Secretary of State. Allowed is probably a strong word since President and VP are elected by the population our self.

And of course, McCain did try to have a woman VP, Palin, elected with him. Then there was Mondale who had Geraldine Ferraro as a running mate. I did not vote in that election, this was my second huge mistake in my voting career. I hate to admit I actually voted for Nixon in 1972 that was my first big mistake in voting, my first vote and I vote for him, yikes what was I thinking. What can I say I was young in 1972, just a kid really with two small children. What did I know about the rights of women, I had too many personal issues going on to notice even the women’s right movement. For my vindication I did vote for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Would not you love to see a ticket with Clinton for president on the Democratic side and Palin for president on the Republican side. That would really give the conservative right apoplexy.

But I digress, now a days, women are relegated to the highest cabinet post, Secretary of State. And would not you know it, Obama is trying to appoint a woman, U.N. Ambassador Dr. Susan Rice, since Hillary Clinton is stepping down. Of course the Republicans are having a hissy fit, trying to throw her under the bus for the killing of the ambassador in Libya. But Obama is holding tough on his probable appointee.

What I find interesting about this is the way Rice is described in the media.

The Republicans and pundits are attacking Rice for her role in Libya and for her politics but what I find interestingly typical is they are attacking her for being a woman expressing male traits. They are attacking her “temperament” calling her all the cherished male traits, too aggressive, or too stubborn.

They gave Condoleezza Rice a pass even though the media constantly spells her first name incorrectly, maybe she was too milk toast to attach and they focus on Clinton’s looks rather than her performance. So Susan Rice is ripe for the picking. Let’s pull the same old tired card, she is too much like a man in expressing what they call aggressiveness when in any man it is call it forcefulness. We want something and we are demanding, men are forthright. Women are all the negative adjectives, bossy, pushy, emotional and men are the positive adjectives, they are forthright, know what they want, know their own minds, a go getter, etc.

It is also written, “since she’s a woman, she’s expected to conform to a particular decorum, in the eyes of people”. Why Why does a woman have to behave a certain way and not a man? Writes Janet Shan of the Hinterland Gazette. Shan goes on to quote Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, stating Rice was accused of shooting first and asking questions later by the very Republicans Rice accused of doing the same thing about Iran. But being a woman it is held to a different standard, albeit a higher standard, but till gender inequality abounds. Thus as Shan points out this “smacks of hypocrisy.”

This quote says it all, “Republicans should ignore Susan Rice’s qualifications … maybe they could also wonder how Rice will perform as Secretary of State and get dinner on the table at a reasonable hour.” This type of inequality of expectations of fellow human beings is exactly what we have been learning about. A woman’s place is not in the kitchen, but in every walk of life on this green earth.



SuperWomen airbrushed

This is a good article on the womens enews.org site.
“Feminist Gave Rise to Superwoman in Advertizing” by Jennifer Nelson


This is a very good article directly related to our discussion on airbrushing the images we all see in those check stand magazines. It also relates to our discussion of Wonder Woman. The marking on the woman’s shoulder is juxtaposition to a picture of an airbrush face.

While we women made great strides in the 1960’s and early 1970’s to get our point across, it seems things as we have discussed are back sliding into the past.

What really gets me is the use of women in all sorts of degrading ads for aging.  Are women the only ones who want or as the ad proposes need a face life?  Are we the only ones who should want to look younger and why would we want to  do that, to please a man? Notice the advertising on TV, all of the defects and diseases are portrayed by women. Women apparently are the only ones who get herpes and need Abreva. Surely we don’t get that from men, since only women need to take care of it.

Can you think of any other ads targeted directly toward women that are unisex in nature?


November 12, 2012 A day for all women and girls

Please sign the petition for Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani girl who was shot standing up Students pray for the speedy recovery of schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai at a school in Peshawar (REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz).for all of us women and girls to get an education. November 10, 2012 has been designated Malala Day by The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. This is a worthy cause and very relevant to our studies. How is the media covering her story?  How is the media keeping us abreast of the world situation regarding education for women and girls?  These are important issues for all women and girls.

On November 10 the UN Special Envoy will travel to Pakistan to deliver a petition, hopefully signed by us all, in support of an education for girls in Pakistan.

Here is the site to review Malala’s cause and sign her petition.



Pussy Riots all Girl band

Pussy Riots

This is the band at the root of the controversy in Russia. A country where women have very little freedom, and there is very little freedom of speech. So the band is doomed from the start.  The plight of these poor girls really hits home to me. I think back to the day when American and British all girl bands started to be come popular.  No one said they could not play in public, no one censored their every move.  These girls as the most courage examples we have of the fight for woman’s rights today.  We should applaud them.  At the very least would should support them the way they are in other countries.

Look how conservatively dressed this band is compared to the bands in America


International day of the girl today 10/12/12

Today is the international day of the girl. “A date on the annual calendar set aside to advocate for girls’ rights and raise issues of gender bias.”  There is a fabulous site where you can to hear and see different quotes women send to their daughters.  It is really terrific. It is titled, ‘To my 15-year-old self’: Things I wish I’d known.”  It is on CNN on line. There are maybe 20 women celebrities who leave messages to girls in their hearts, Oprah, Maria Shriver, quite a few influential woman of our time.

It’s a must visit/see site. I cannot get a picture to print but every one should go to this site.


Real life example of girl vs woman

This is a real life of an example of a 14 year old girl that is a woman. Malala Yousafzai is a freedom fighter for woman and girls education among other freedoms in Pakistan. She was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts and was shot by the Taliban on Monday for those same efforts to obtain the right of woman and girls to receive an education. Here is a young girl putting her life on the line for something we in America, yes even women and girls, more or less take for granted, education and freedom. We complain and rightly so that we are not treated as equals to the male population in America, but we are so far better off than women in other countries.


We have been discussing what defines a woman vs a girl. Well this child, a young girl only 14 years old, has done something not many woman would dare to do, I don’t think especially here in America. Granted we do not have to go to that extreme, putting our lives on the line to go to school, but how many of us would do just that? Malala fits the description many of us have defined as a girl who has achieved womanhood, maturity; she is achieving a goal, she knows what she wants, she has defined her career, fighting for what she believes in womans and girls rights. Granted she cannot meet one of the qualifications we have discussed, she does not have a college degree or even high school but I would say she has exceeded our definition of a woman vs a girl and is in the woman column.