Wednesday, November 15, 2006

good answer, sister.

This week's TIME magazine featured a short interview with Nancy Pelosi. This answer made me stand up and cheer.

TIME Will your performance as Speaker have implications for Hillary Clinton if she runs for President?

PELOSI I'm not sure you would have asked a man that about another man. But since this is unusual, I will respect your question. I think it's really important for the people of our country to see that women can wield power and success in this rarefied and high altitude of power. I don't think Hillary Clinton, though, needs any validation from any other woman. She is an experienced Senator, articulate and a force in her own right.

Exactly. The simple fact that she is a woman should not set the tone for women everywhere. The question never would have been asked to a man. But the reality is it will be, time and time again. She'll be under more scrutiny for the simple fact of being woman.

Nancy, we are counting on you to keep reminding them that gender alone shouldn't be used to compare us, and it would be a mistake to let it divide us, or worse, to underestimate us.

Go, girl.

22 comments:

wordgirl said...

Today in our local newspaper, an asshat of a man wrote a letter (and clearly he's a Republican) comparing Pelosi and her Madam Speaker moniker to another kind of madam. The kind who runs a whorehouse. Nothing quite as ugly as NeoCon who has been smacked around by a mandate.

mrs.incredible said...

I've been having this 'debate' about equality with someone recently. And his reply, to my statement of "Our country, no matter how progressive we 'think' we are, is just not ready, nor can handle a woman who is strong-minded and in a position of power." Was: "nancy Pelosi is going to be Speaker of the House. You're holding on to your dated ideals. So, how can you say that when she is in the position she is in? How can you say we haven't made progress?" To which I replied, "I didn't say we haven't made 'progress'. I'm just saying that watch the shit slinging that will come about when & if Hilary runs. Because we, as a country, just can't handle women in those positions." And THAT is horribly sad and outdated.
So, AMEN sista Pelosi. Let's all keep fighting the good fight. We still have a looong way to go as far as women in authority positions. But I see a change a-brewin'.
ROAR!

Penny said...

Excellent.

I just chose and finished a research project on gender equalization and found that there isn't as much as we'd like, that there is a negative backlash in effect from the inertia of equalization and that the very people equalization works for, work against it, in ways that have been perscribed to them by archiac societal norms turned innate in our being.

Educating the people is the only way for change and this woman answered that question, not defensively, as some may have thought, but thought provokingly, so as to further the process of knowledge and thus power. Smart.

Anonymous said...

Thrilled is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about having Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. Her answer to this question was right on point. The fresh air is dizzying...
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Jenny said...

Amen, amen, amen.

Anonymous said...

thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! i love when i cross the paths of new and interesting people :)

Anonymous said...

As usual, gender stuff comes along to divert people from the central issues of economic equality, jobs, housing and health care. Nancy Pelosi's answer was just perfect, acknowledging that it would come up, might as well get it out of the way. I would have been tempted to tell the reporter that gender politics is, oh so 70s. :)


Peace,

~Chani

Anonymous said...

Did they ask her what designer she was wearing?

Another typical question interviewers often get women, yet wouldn't dream of asking a man. Grrr.

acumamakiki said...

I'm so thrilled with the changes that occurred with last week's Election day. Did you see the cover of The New Yorker this week? Brilliant and my husband and I both had a good laugh when we saw it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah for Pelosi! It's about time someone intelligent holds a position of power.

meno said...

Have you seen the bumper sticker that says "Pelosi for President-2007"?
She's third in line. It could happen.

KC said...

That response was perfect. So perfect.

It feels good, doesn't it?

sweatpantsmom said...

Oh, I love her. It feels like we may finally be coming out of a dark tunnel.

I hope.

crazymumma said...

oh ya...the more I hear come out of this woman's mouth the more I like her.

Momish said...

Yeah! I love it when a smart and dignified woman manages to turn some heads because she is smart and dignified! Excellent answer, as would be expected of a woman in her position indeed.

flutter said...

"Today in our local newspaper, an asshat of a man wrote a letter (and clearly he's a Republican) comparing Pelosi and her Madam Speaker moniker to another kind of madam. The kind who runs a whorehouse. Nothing quite as ugly as NeoCon who has been smacked around by a mandate"


I usually keep my mouth shut around political posts...but this made me really sad. Inasmuch as this particular man may have said something off color, the venom you spew in return is just as hateful. I am one that believes that you can only combat what you perceive as ignorance, with understanding and a willingness to share your ideas.

I wish we could all come to some middle ground, I look forward to seeing what these strong, and intelligent women bring to the table.

Domestic Slackstress said...

I wonder what kind of investigations into the shady inner workings of the current administration that Nancy Pelosi just might spearhead. I can just imagine how many pigheaded people wrongfully dub Pelosi a "bitch" simply because she speaks her mind and slays fear and ignorance head on.

Deezee said...

won't it be interesting when women won't have to think so much about being women and can just think about being people?

(let me clarify that in my head, that makes sense...)

sunshine scribe said...

Interesting. Gender alone should not be used to compare us. But the fact that there has not been a female president is the very reason people need to talk about it more.

RLGelber said...

A big fat AMEN!

Anonymous said...

Amens and hallelujahs from the choir!

ecm said...

Great quote! I love the way Pelosi answered that question.