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Monday, December 17, 2018

Why Harassment Persists Despite #MeToo

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Anti-feminist politicos and talk show yakkers try to ridicule the reality that women in our rich and advanced society might endure any “oppression.” America isn’t Afghanistan, they snort. Women here get to vote. Girls play all kinds of sports and can grow up to be astronauts or CEOs or anything. Why, we even had one nominated for president two years ago! Well, women certainly have made strides from the colonial chauvinism of 1789, and they’ve escaped much of the suffocating paternalism of the “Father Knows Best” years. But is that our highest standard? It’s ridiculous, dishonest and socially destructive to pretend that the 51 percent majority of us are getting anywhere near the fair share of power and respect they’re due.…

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GOP Should Not Control The Pelosi Narrative

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

 

Nancy Pelosi is a 78-year-old mother of five and grandmother of eight. Born in Baltimore and raised a Catholic, she has been married to the same man, wealthy investor Paul Pelosi, for 55 years. That thumbnail biography suggests a traditional Italian-American wife and mother who would never seek a high-profile career.

But Pelosi is also a political dynamo, shrewd, indefatigable and tough, as her recent Oval Office sparring match with President Donald Trump showed. She has earned her place at the table — she’s often the only woman in the room — and she ought to keep it until she gives it up willingly.…

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The Enduring Influence Of Barbara Bush

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Rarely has a president been identified so closely with his wife. That Barbara Bush never pursued a big-league career made her high profile even more remarkable. Nor did she fashion herself into an icon of elegance and glamour. She rose to prominence for simply being the partner-in-life of George H.W. Bush.

It was not just staying married that elevated her status but the nature of their bond. Theirs was an old-school marriage, meaning unbreakable. Prenup not required.

A secure marriage freed Barbara to speak her mind without fear of divorce. Not every mother could say without repercussions what Barbara said about son Jeb Bush’s running for president: “There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes.”

Invincible marriages enabled full-time mothers of Barbara’s generation to grow old without fear of being replaced by a newer model.…

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