Saturday, November 15, 2008

Good Night, Ladies!

I'm in a lyrics mode these days but so many remind me of us. For instance, take these from the Music Man :
"Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little,
cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more"
Isn't it time we start getting over ourselves? Between the articles on the Huffington Post and the headlines on the news sites, we women have become more partisan than the partisan politicians we've been trying to unseat!

If Hillary is not chosen for Secretary of State there may be some very good reasons other than the fact she is Hillary. One is Bill's financial arrangements with those supporting his Global Initiative that could shadow her potential effectiveness; the other being the perceived effectiveness of a woman trying to deal with cultures that truly are sexist!

Now before you all get mad at me, I think she will take the job if offered and will be formidable. Not because she's a woman, but because she is able.

I'm reading where the feminists are up in arms over the possible choice to bring Lawrence Summers back to Treasury. Not because he isn't able but because he once made a statement that suggested, to put it simply, most women are not as scientifically nor mathematically inclined as most men. That may or may not be entirely true but there is in fact a predominance of men in those fields. It's not a good reason to keep him from Treasury.

I'm reading complaints that the Cabinet and staff is heavy with testosterone. Come on now. One thing Obama promised us is that he would look for the best people possible,regardless of Party, for those positions. If they happen to be men then he should choose men.

Women are doing just fine. Being a political appointee is not the end all of success. I would rather have a qualified man in place than a Sarah Palin because she is a woman any day.

Arm chair quarterbacking is easy. Actually getting out and qualifying for the team takes a lot of hard work. It's time we look in the mirror, doff the silly hat and drink and admit that most of us couldn't do it on a bet. Those who can, do. Those who can't, pick!


Sylvia K said...

Amen, amen!

Rinkly Rimes said...

I agree with your comment that if the best people are male people they should be chosen, regardless of equality.

joared said...

"...most women are not as scientifically nor mathematically inclined as most men. That may or may not be entirely true..."

Check out the latest scientific data and you'll find the above is not true. Stereotypical beliefs for so long and other cultural factors account for why more men hold positions in those fields.

That said, I certainly wouldn't vote for a person on the basis of gender, religion, or race. Who Obama places in his Cabinet and staff will hopefully include the best as well as reflect the diversity of our population. But then, the bottom line is he has to be able to work with them and they him.