Last Friday on Fox News, Sarah Palin called Gloria Steinem’s “brand of feminism” passe, out of touch and not at all resonant with her plucky can-do conservatism.
Except…well, except that all the rights Steinem fought for back in the day are being torn down now by Palin and her minions/cubs/whatever you want to call the Tea Party. Let’s look at some of these points.
Palin waxed semi-philosophical on how women like her are now going out and fulfilling their dreams, working and having a family. It all sounds so idyllic and wonderful, doesn’t it? Well, until you realize that women still make 21% less than men — that’s $.79 on the dollar. It’s rather disingenuous for Palin to point to these successes when she said of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
“It would have turned into a boon for trial lawyers. Again, thankfully with the existing laws we have on the books, they better be enforced. We won’t stand for anything but that. We won’t stand for any discrimination in the workplace – that there isn’t any discrimination in America.” via rhrealitycheck.org.
Yes, the Fair Pay Act is all about the trial lawyers. I believe that my eyes are now stuck into the back of my head.
Equality in the Work Force
That really depends on where you look, Palin. Congress? I may just have a hernia from laughing so hard! What about state legislatures or even governors? More hilarity!
Let’s not also forget that women are the ones suffering the most even in this so-called economic recovery. Men are going back to work, women are left behind. Nearly 90% of new jobs in the recovery went to men. Oh and this:
“At the high end of the employment pool, women may have been affected more by the recession than many realized. Female leaders at the most senior levels of companies were three times more likely to lose jobs than men during the recession, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit organization focusing on women and business,” according to abcnews.com.
So, what’s this now about Steinem being passe?
Graphic by Aisha O'Brien, Source: WikiCommons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gloria_Steinem_2008.jpg, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SarahPalinElon.jpg