I'm feeling rather upset. If I had any energy left I'd be downright angry. I guess I'm just deeply disappointed because I never saw it coming.
I came of age in the turbulent '60s and '70s. Women's Lib wasn't just a glib phrase; it was a concept and a rather radical one at the time. Women realized that they hold up half the world, were trying to make a place for themselves in it and were stymied at every turn. We were paid less money to do the same job as any man (that still holds true for the most part), we'd never had the opportunities to be in the Boardroom of big business and when it came to politics, well, forget it. We were lucky to be able to vote. Our Grandmothers and Great-Grandmothers fought for that right and I appreciate what the Suffragettes did for us. That movement started in 1897 in the United Kingdom. It wasn't until 1920 that women in the United States had the right to vote.
Today women head up big corporations, whether by inheritance or having worked their way up the ladder. And still that glass ceiling has remained in place and few have made it to the Board Room by comparison to men.
We now have women on the Supreme Court, in the Senate, the House of Representatives and we have had a woman run for the highest office in the land.
When a woman was announced as the first woman to run for Vice President of the Republican Party, instead of celebrating the victory for WOMEN, not matter what one's party affiliation or non-affiliation, I heard and read the most disparaging remarks about her. They didn't like her hair. Her HAIR! I don't want to be judged on my looks. Men aren't. And I'd be in deep trouble if I were. That has happened often enough in my lifetime. Young women said she was too this or too that. She can't have it all. She shouldn't have said this or she shouldn't have said that. It has even come from those of a certain age who should know better, who should think and remember what we all so dearly wanted.
Excuse me, but unless I'm mistaken I'm hearing a bunch of brats who are taking for granted that for which we fought so hard: the right of a woman to be seriously considered for a job that has traditionally belonged to a man. A step away from the ultimate Glass Ceiling. Win or lose, like her or not, agree with her or not, she's THERE, dammit. And I'm one of those who fought to help a woman, a WOMAN, get there.
It matters not if you vote for her. Okay, it matters to her and to many others. What matters to me right now is that women, young women, seem to need a history lesson and some older ones need a refresher course. This isn't about the political issues. This is about where a woman can go, how much she can achieve in 2008. It has taken us more than a century to get here and I'd like to celebrate that. If I had a daughter I'd be telling her that she really could reach for the stars and even the glass ceiling because it has certainly been pierced.
As for those who don't know or have forgotten, personally, I think you should be ashamed of yourselves. Before you so cavalierly dismiss a woman's achievement, go back and read the history of the women's movement. I'm sick of those who are behaving like spoiled, entitled brats. Other women fought too long and hard to have other women ridicule a woman who has shoved her foot through the door, whether she had to wear high heels or hiking boots to do it.
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation