Remains of the day, Firefox: Women, politics & the elections

Here’s what I’ve got left over in more than 100 tabs on Firefox (there are a total of 21 items here but I jump after #2 simply because of space):

1. From Fem Dem in Akron: Maybe I Just Don’t Get It. I discovered this blog yesterday or the day before, via The Chief Source, I think. But in reality, I actually had come across it when I read the WaPo article that profiled Swamp Bubbles and Fem Dem in Akron.  My apologies to Katie.  It looks like a good blog and I’ve added it to the sidebar.

2. Rebecca Traister at The Momification of Michelle Obama:

In certain critical ways, Michelle Obama will come to stand in more prominently than anyone could have imagined for the shortcomings of feminism, as described by Linda Hirshman in her 2006 book “Get to Work,” in which she argues that the weighting of domestic responsibilities toward the woman in a family handicaps her chances for professional and economic success. Obama has already said that one of the issues she plans to put front and center while in the White House is the impossible bind faced by working mothers. She knows the trade-offs and sacrifices all too well.

And now, she is in the unenviable yet deeply happy position of being a history-maker whose own balancing act allowed her husband the space to make his political career zip forward, his books sing, his daughters healthy and beautiful, and his campaign succeed. In having done all this, Michelle Obama wrought for herself a life (temporarily, at least) of playing second fiddle. Then again, did she have a choice?

3. From Women’s eNews: Money Dries Up to Push Women for Obama Cabinet:

As President-elect Barack Obama mulls over potential Cabinet picks, women’s rights advocates are scrambling to make up for an unexpected shortage of cash to fund a push for female appointees.

“It’s late in the game but we’re really confident we’re going to do this,” said Kim Otis, head of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, an umbrella group of women’s rights groups in Washington, D.C.

The council has for many years worked with the National Women’s Political Caucus to mount the Women’s Appointments Project, a public relations campaign to pressure incoming presidents to put women in executive posts.

But in an economically pinched year, funding has so far failed to arrive, a blow at a time when hopes for gender parity in government are higher than ever.

The first appointments project came after the resignation of Richard Nixon, whose 31 Cabinet positions were all male, according to a history gathered by the two groups that oversee the project.

I didn’t know there was a Women’s Appointment Project. Interestingly, there’s no Wikipedia page on it.  Hmm – I don’t know a ton about the inner workings of Wikipedia, but I hope this doesn’t reflect that super-secret cadre’s composition, much as the cynical me guesses that it might.

4. The Wall Street Journal published a list of the 50 Women to Watch.  The WSJ also published a few accompanying articles, one of which features the college friend who is now the president of Barnard discussing how she/we/anyone “does it all”: I Do Know How She Does It All.

To Jeff Hess and others who wonder why the Tina Brown piece meant something to me: that article is exactly what I like to read about, hear about, know about – totally for selfish reasons but I know other people who like to hear the “how they do it all” part as well. The part of Brown’s column that resonated for me was the absence of Sarah Palin to ever expose that, talk about it, in any meaningful way, though I have to confess, as I think about how she talked about everything over the last several weeks, since her selection on August 29, I have to say that, for me, she’s not really spoken about anything in what I’d consider to be a meaningful way, so the “mom” part of her image is probably just another casualty of her approach in general, not a specifically excluded topic.

5. From the Toledo Blade, but first seen at this post on Lisa Renee’s Glass City Jungle, Edna Brown is Ohio Leader of Women’s Lobby. I’d never heard of the Women’s Legislators’ Lobby either – here’s a bit more about it:

Since 1991, WiLL (the Women Legislators’ Lobby) has grown to include one in every three women legislators in its membership from all 50 states. We equip members with timely materials on the impact of federal policy and the federal budget on state programs. And we provide simple, effective ways to influence federal decision-making to benefit constituents.

Our training workshops, policy briefings, and professional development programs help legislators to become more effective at home and to strengthen working relationships with their Congressional colleagues. Throughout the year various training opportunities are offered in state capitals around the country, in Washington, and via teleconferencing.

WiLL has members at both the state and federal levels. Former WiLL members have become governors and members of the U.S. Congress. In the 110th Congress, 37 women are affiliated with WAND/WiLL, and we are confident that the future will bring even more women to Capitol Hill.

6.  We’re seeing higher job losses among women than men, according to Women’s eNews:

Job losses in the wake of the recent economic collapse were concentrated among women, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. At the end of October, the number of unemployed adult females rose from 3.3 million to 3.6 million, a 9 percent increase, according to the Nov. 7 report. The number of unemployed men jumped from 4.8 million to 5 million, a 4 percent rise.

In other words, 315,000 women lost their jobs over the past month, and 197,000 men did, according to Vicky Lovell, a director of employment and work-life programs at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Lovell suspects one reason for the disproportionate effect on women is because of poor sales in the retail sector of the economy, where women comprise a bulk of the low-wage work force. “Women are really being hurt there,” she said.

7. Again, from Women’s eNews, an analysis that says women’s groups are seizing the momentum:

Nevertheless, in a Cambridge, Mass., forum sponsored by the Center for New Words, a Cambridge group that works to amplify women’s voices through writing and the media, the talk centered just as much on what women can do to keep the impetus going as it did on what an Obama administration can do for women.

Child care, the economy, health care and reproductive rights were cited as major issues to address. About 50 people attended the live forum, while nearly triple that number followed a Webcast by logging in to one of about half a dozen feminist blogs, said organizer Jaclyn Friedman, the center’s program director.

“I think our work is just beginning, and I think people need to keep plugged in,” said panelist Byllye Avery, founder of the Washington-based National Black Women’s Health Imperative. “We need to figure out how we’re going to stay connected and build on this momentum. The work has just started, and I think we need to not waste time.”

Avery emphasized the importance of coalitions in moving agendas forward. “You get a whole lot more done,” she said. “The work is hard, is going to last a long time. That’s the one thing we need to realize is that we all need each other.”

You can watch the forum, which was hosted here and at other blogs, again here.

8. Fundamental Truths gives Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner an A+.

9. The OSU Institute on Women, Gender and Public Policy has a wiki that includes a campaign watch 2008, among other links, graphs and information.

10. Holly in Cincinnati, a co-blogger at The Moderate Voice, wrote this great first-person account of voting there last week.

11. Women’s Voices for Change has a Part One and a Part Two on what they’re calling the New Power Women. I think it’s great to recognize the emergence of individuals, but I don’t want to ignore the tireless effort of so many others who continue on as they always have. No one in mind in particular, but I just want to be sure we don’t forget about everyone else.

12. In defense of Rosemary Palmer – and as a resident of State Senate District 24, I agree completely. I’m still very disappointed and unenlightened as to why more effort wasn’t made on behalf of the 24th and the House 17th seat.

13. Another first-person retelling of the voting experience, this time by Judy at This Woman’s Work.

14. Pho spotlights The New Republic spotlighting Ohio SOS Jennifer Brunner.

15. Progress Ohio on Alaska Governor Palin’s query about whether the First Amendment protects us from media criticism.

16. Another post from Progress Ohio, this time about mothers, Catholics and abortion.

17. Danielle Crittenden’s essay: T’aint elitist to be anti-Palin.

18. White women speak up for Obama.

19. Just a warning: now I’m getting into the really old tabs. This gives you a peek into just how long I hold on to stuff I want to write about and how much stuff I filter away every time I sit to post something. This article, Pro-Life and Pro-Obama: Women who are giving up on the GOP, from Slate, is dated October 13.

20. The Momocrats kept track of which Republicans were supporting Obama (list at the end of the post).

21. Data results from Women’s Voices Women Vote: The Marriage Gap Among Young Women.

Now on to the Safari tabs.

9 thoughts on “Remains of the day, Firefox: Women, politics & the elections

  1. Another one is I am not your mother…nobody ever says I am not your father.

    Brainwashed, but be careful not to throw out the baby with the bath water.

    Save the skinny tie as it eventually comes back in style. We need a book of rules…now were back to the bible again.

    Even alternative lifestyles assume conservative roles, its all good until they turn on each other.

    I been accused of being neurotically on the outside looking in, my mothers fault, always telling me to rise above…can you see me…why do I keep getting noise bleeds and it is so lonely up here.

  2. Shabbat shalom Jill,

    Periods are free.

    The part of Brown’s column that resonated for me was the absence of Sarah Palin to ever expose that, talk about it, in any meaningful way, though I have to confess, as I think about how she talked about everything over the last several weeks, since her selection on August 29, I have to say that, for me, she’s not really spoken about anything in what I’d consider to be a meaningful way, so the “mom” part of her image is probably just another casualty of her approach in general, not a specifically excluded topic.

    And color me dense. I still don’t get Brown’s message.



  3. @Jill: me too! I am a Reader Feeder Feign.
    Since I use Google Reader, I check my stats every so often and the feeds that have a low read percentage get ditched.

  4. Oengus – there’s a pretty well-known quip used by women & men I suppose about needing a wife, even when they’re already married. Very wedded to the stereotype but there you are – maybe platonic threesomes should be more common?

  5. A degree of assumption in the article, then also a lack of respect for what is family. What she does for him she does for her and that is them.

    I’m seeing this often, seeing what is an open area and then applying a personal ideal to that. That is setting everyone up for let down, unreal expectations.

    That is because nothing is being addressed beyond generalities and with assumptions based in those generalities.

    I do not think all men discount there own family to that of nothing more than subordinate roles. Our society has made the roles self defining and with that comes individual choices the roles can take what ever you and your family decide.

    What can the first lady do to improve the lives of woman? That’s very general. I have to think it’s all related to your own choices, the spouse and the roles you assign to each other.

    I think run an add on and seek a subordinate male, to assume all the roles that are stereotypically assumed by woman. Its better to be direct, this is what I want when you want it, to assume that the first lady is going to help is infinitely abstract.

    If you want equal pay then you also have to speak out, you have to say I want to be paid my worth. It’s odd to delegate that to an assumed higher authority, the first lady?

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