Gloria Steinem: 1, Sarah Palin: 0


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.

Fair Pay

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

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

So, what’s this now about Steinem being passe?

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago

Oh whatever!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L6 years ago

I prefer Michael Palin any day!

Mary B.
Mary B6 years ago

Hey, Becky Y, I'm with you! Love your "Bra up, Girls" kinda pluck. Especially since takeing off the bra has been refered to as "Lettin' the Girls roam.." Time to round em up {pun intended}, and Bra Up! Women have played dumb long enough. Male logic just isn't what it's cracked up to be, we need whole systems thinkers and running a household on little money is something low income women have been doing for ever!

Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

I just checked my "new" Webster's dictionary, it seems that the phrase "plucky, can-do conservatism", means, "I couldn't fulfill my obligations to the people of Alaska, because I'm a greedy, selfish, D****bag"; the can-do part translates as follows " The American people are so stupid, I'll get elected and fleece them too", the remainder, that is, the conservatism part is pretty much self-explainitory, $1 for the people - $100 for the rich.

Go Sarah, straight to your maker. And all the while the devil sits over there in the corner, just laughing.

Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

I never thought I would see a day where the very name of Gloria Steinem and this minor league player, this, less than 15 minutes of infamy persona could find a place in American dialog.

My apologies to you, Ms Steinem on behalf of the this infidel, Sarah Palin.

Sandra L.
Sandra L6 years ago

Passe? We must never cease to be grateful for the difficult work the women who walked before us have done to pave our way.

joan g.
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Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

Thank you for this information. The statistics show what is happening, and it is disturbing. There is still a way to go on women's rights.

Stephanie Meyers
Past Member 6 years ago

Awww Sarah, always helping helping the liberal cause one annoying misinformed wink at a time. Half the time I read about something she's said I have to wonder if it's an Onion article, sadly it never is, she really is that dense.

Ms. JL M6 years ago

Gloria is one of my personal heroes! Go, Gloria!

Palin and her ilk are a bunch of mouth-breathers.