Posted by: iam0nly1 | June 20, 2008

Female Senators Silent on Sexism

I am absolutely seething over this!  Alegre, over at her new place, brought this to my attention. 

I’m sure by now all of us have heard about the group of female Senators who released a “Checklist for Change” in an attempt to persuade Hillary’s female supporters to get in line behind “The Chosen One.”

The Senators include:

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.),

Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)

Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)

Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) 

Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)  

And here’s their Checklist:

1) Providing equal pay for equal work 

2) Keeping jobs in America 

3) Making health care affordable 

4) Taking care of our military families and veterans 

5) Restoring America’s credibility in the world 

6) Protecting our environment 

7) Making America energy independent 

8 ) Preparing for future disasters 

9) Enforcing fiscal accountability 

10) Protecting the family checkbook. 

What occurred and didn’t occur on Scarborough is saddening. None of the female Senators were willing to acknowledge the unshackled sexism that Senator Clinton, her supporters, and all women were subjected to during the campaign. No apologies were given, or regret expressed for not speaking out (they couldn’t even do that now) earlier

Further, adding salt to the already festering wound, Senator Stanebow, who was a supporter of Senator Clinton, even seemed to excuse the media by saying “they’re getting used to the idea of a woman candidate…” NO! That is no excuse. Attacking any female candidate in a sexist matter is wrong. Women have run for other offices…I mean, these three women are Senators. This isn’t new to the press, and even if it were, there is no excuse for what occurred. As Senator Clinton so eloquently stated, “There are no acceptable limits, and there are no acceptable prejudices in the 21st Century.”

This was absolutely outrageous and transparent. These women know that the only reason this group has been put together and this “Checklist” peddled is precisely because women and men were offended by the horrendous treatment Senator Clinton received on the campaign trail at the hands of Senator Obama and the media because she was a woman and are refusing to fall in line. I guess there is still a gag order from the Obama campaign on acknowledging the atrocious treatment Senator Clinton received, probably because Obama himself would have to get off of his high horse and apologize.

News Flash: We want, need, and demand acknowledgment of the sexism that was willingly propagated against Senator Clinton. We want an apology for your silence and thus complicity in the issue, because it is now obvious that you have the power to mobilize, obtain air-time and speak on behalf of issues.  

However, what upsets me the most, is that this “Checklist for Change” isn’t even new. Indeed it was originated back in mid-2006 when there were only 9 women in the Senate. And guess who was very vocal and visible for the movement? That’s right, none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

But now, Senator McCaskill, who wasn’t even in the Senate when this was drawn up, is out peddling this as if it is her own, or somehow reflects the work and beliefs of Senator Obama, trying to assuage Hillary Clinton’s ardent supporters into supporting a man who clearly does not respect them. What’s worse, most of the items on this checklist, especially equal pay for equal work, probably won’t even end up on the Party platform in August. The Democrats already removed the Equal Rights Amendment from the party platform in 2004 after 40 years. 

No doubt they have told Hillary to take a back seat on this, even though she is the ONLY Senator that has a section concerning Women’s Issues on her Senate website. There was also a section on her Presidential Website. I guess having Hillary out speaking about women’s issues would only further solidify her support, and Obama can’t have that, now can he?

These women do a disservice to all women by squandering the opportunity they have to speak out against the obvious sexism and condemn it. Instead they are rallying to engage in a sexist, and blatant attempt at pandering to women, as if a few women on television praising the “selectee” will change our minds.

Their silence ensures that when it happens again, other women will not feel they have a space to object to the sexism. 

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