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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
In places of power...
In light of our recent discussions and regardless of how we personally voted... what do you all think of having a woman (for the first time ever) in the third most powerful position in the USA? (Read about Rep. Nancy Pelosi here)

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posted by Julie at 9:09 AM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 11/08/2006 09:29:00 AM, Blogger Nancy

    I'd say, "It's about time!".

  • At 11/08/2006 10:10:00 AM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    What a happy day. I hope she serves her country well.

  • At 11/08/2006 11:11:00 AM, Anonymous Drive-Thru Society

    As a man I think it is about damn time.

  • At 11/08/2006 11:22:00 AM, Blogger lydia

    It makes me think that the States might finally be ready for a female president in '08.

  • At 11/08/2006 11:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Praise God.

    To broaden the scope, I have always held the belief (as a man, may I add) that male dominance in the public sphere in many cultures globally, including ours, has done humanity and the planet no favors. Women looking up at the glass ceiling are forced to choose between joining the dog-eat-dog ratrace or giving up their career. I pray that this will change so that we can have more balance in the public and private sectors between the masculine and feminine energies, respectively. For example, let the men and women who are naturally gifted at understanding logistics and science give political direction to the civic engineering projects, and those whose gifts lie in understanding the needs of families direct social policy regarding sensible welfare and other social service initiatives.

    OK, I'll step off my box o' soap now, peace to all!

  • At 11/08/2006 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Doxallo

    I desire the best person to be there, regardless of gender. If its a woman - YAY! If its a man -YAY! If its the best person for the job. :)

  • At 11/08/2006 08:55:00 PM, Blogger Shoshana

    Reading thispost anf you comments, I realize how much I owe to the generations of women before me who made all this possible.

    I was watching "9 to 5" with my daughter last weekend, and she was totally mistified that the best "person" for the job wouldn't get it just because they were female. I'm just so grateful that she lives in a time and culture that will allow her to live up to her potential.

  • At 11/09/2006 08:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    I hope she doesn't embarass herself. Just being a women and the first doesn't seem to be as important as the policies she may represent or the character she possesses. GLoria

  • At 11/09/2006 09:27:00 AM, Blogger lydia

    Just being a women and the first doesn't seem to be as important as the policies she may represent or the character she possesses

    You're right, Gloria - any politicians character and policies are ultimately more important than their gender.

    I think the U.S. is slowly moving to a place where things like gender (and also race, religion, orientation, and disability) are becoming less....hmm, "important" doesn't seem to be the right word here. But the plexi-glass ceilings and walls seem to be buckling in some places, cracking in others.

    This is a good thing. An even better thing would be if leaders were judged on merit instead of on the things that make them different from the "average" leader - and I think that day is slowly dawning.

    But in the meantime I'll celebrate the small steps on the journey. They're not our destination, but they are at least headed in that general direction. :)

  • At 11/09/2006 05:35:00 PM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    Yes, I agree -- the most qualified person for the position should lead. However, I see it as a problem if there are not very many qualified women, or if their are many qualified women who have the balls for the job but are excluded because they lack a penis, to put it bluntly.

  • At 11/09/2006 09:54:00 PM, Blogger Past the Wishing

    Congrats Nancy Pelosi. It is good to have female role models in all the public and private sectors and when barriers are broke at levels of newness to gender (or race) it is good. It is important ... just ask the women only a 100 years before us!

    Shoshana...very interesting report from your daughter's perspective! I think her response testifies to the importance of the battles of gender (race, ethnicity) that have gone before us.

    From M. Guy: "I pray that this (glass ceilings) will change so that we can have more balance in the public and private sectors between the masculine and feminine energies, respectively." Yup, me too.

  • At 11/10/2006 05:30:00 PM, Blogger Psalmist

    I am glad that the political climate is such that she *can* become the Speaker. I look forward to a time when it's a routine thing. Anti-feminist people are ranting that noticing "the firsts" means feminists are just hypocrites; can't win for losing with that crowd. But they have a (twisted) point. Until a leader's gender is just one thing that makes her or him the person s/he is, we're still focusing on the wrong thing--gender--when we should be focused on actual qualifications to lead.

    All THAT said, I need to remember a lesson I've learned over and over through the years: If you put your trust in political leaders, you will probably be disappointed and you certainly place your faith in an unworthy object. Even our American currency reminds us to trust in God, not anything less.


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