We've come a long way, but we're still portrayed in the media as "bitches," "nags," "whores," "ball-breakers," a pair of tits, brainless, and "wicked witches." The United States trails well behind the rest of the world when it comes to gender parity in politics (we rank 68th) and in the workplace (2007 Dept. of Labor stats say we earn 80.4 cents for every dollar our male counterparts earn). Current election aside, isn't this something we should - women and men - be taking issue with?
A friend sent me this video by the Women's Media Center this morning. I personally do not need another reason to dislike Chris Matthews, Michelle Malkin, Tucker Carlson, Bill O'Reilly, and the slew of others who seem to enjoy demeaning women on a split screen. But if you do, this video will get you there.
"Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood."
Clearly, all things are not equal. Until we start working together, speaking up, talking about the obstacles for female candidates, talking about how women are portrayed in the media, writing letters to "news" channels that claim to be unbiased, women will continue to be marginalized. What you can do: Sign the petition at the Womens Media Center. Start a dialogue (the same friend who sent me the video is having a "She Devils" party for Hillary supporters later this month). Run for office. Support other women when they run for office. Find your voice and speak up.