Power and Sexual Misconduct

Power and Sexual Misconduct
Today the media is filled with pundits talking about sexual misconduct. Examples drawn from Capitol Hill include Roy Moore (Senate candidate from Alabama), Al Franken (Senator from Minnesota), past Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush, and current President Donald Trump. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner recently started a 21-month prison sentence for sexting with a minor. We also watched Fox News terminate CEO Roger Ailes and political commentator Bill O’Reilly for their ... Read more
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Transfer of Power and Transfer of Responsibility

Transfer of Power and Transfer of Responsibility
Regardless of political affiliation, many women, especially those age 50 and above, were disappointed that Hillary Clinton wasn’t able to crack that glass ceiling once and for all. It’s an effort that has been underway since Shirley Chisholm ran for President in 1972.  It’s easy to say, “We’ll get it the next time,” but we all know that’s a long shot. As we watch the transfer of power in Washington, perhaps it is also time for a transfer of ... Read more
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Help for the Little Woman

Help for the Little Woman
I wonder if, sometime in the next four years, I will hear a statement about women from President-Elect/President Trump that is not colored with a sexist crayon. Today, when speaking about Hillary Clinton, Trump announced that he will “help her heal” instead of “locking her up” like he promised during his campaign. The implication is that Clinton is so devastated that he is being magnanimous. She needs Trump’s help to heal—that poor little woman. Hearing that ... Read more
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Are Strong Women Always Nasty?

Are Strong Women Always Nasty?
In the final presidential debate, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “a nasty woman.” The comment was made after heated exchanges on a variety of topics. Secretary Clinton was forceful and fearless throughout the debate. She didn’t appear cowed; she never backed down. In fact, the consensus was that she won the debate, the third in a row that she has won. What is the definition of “nasty?” What makes someone “nasty?” Clinton was talking about ... Read more
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What Should a President Look Like?

What Should a President Look Like?
One of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign tactics is a repeated question to audiences about his opponent. “Do you think she looks presidential?  I don’t.” His audience always shouts,”No.” What Trump is asking with this question has more to do with gender than actual appearance. The implication is that Secretary Clinton doesn’t look like she can (or should) be the President of the United States because she is a woman. In past campaigns, we have ... Read more
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Speak Softly and Wear Lipstick

Speak Softly and Wear Lipstick
Trump has never seemed older than he did this week when he said he was having a hard time getting beyond Hillary’s shouting. His comments seemed like a throw back to behaviors of many decades past when girls when supposed to be seen, not heard. A time when girls who were “tomboys” might be tolerated, but were a bit of an embarrassment to their families. When girls didn’t engage in organized sports but stood on the sidelines cheering on their boyfriends (and, by the ... Read more
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Turn Down the Volume

Turn Down the Volume
Yesterday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump referred to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as “shrill.” That got me thinking about words that are used to describe powerful women. I looked up definitions of “shrill” and some of them made me smile. One described it as a sound that is high pitched and sharp, “like the squeak of a mouse in your cupboard.” Another source said shrill is a loud and high sound that “is unpleasant or painful ... Read more
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