It is just that I have something I need to say and would regret staying silent on the subject. As a woman who has worked for or with corporations for nearly 30 years, I have witnessed young, inexperienced, good looking women promoted over more intelligent, powerful, high-achieving women. The promoters felt they were justified because they had the courage to promote a woman even if she was not the most qualified.
Promoting weaker women in the name of equality and change…or that they would appeal to the public more (this recently happened to a girlfriend of mine and the younger, better looking woman made it so difficult for my older, more experienced friend that she had to quit to stay sane). …how stupid do these people think we are?
I have been appalled by this practice for years. Add insult to this injury this week with John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for his running mate. If he wanted a women, were there not more experienced female republican’s available? I could understand if he chose Palin to appeal to the social conservative’s that are questioning his allegiance, but to have the gall to say that former supporters of Hillary Clinton now had someone to vote for made my stomach churn.
- A woman who declares that she is just a hockey mom, and not long ago, that is all she was, insults the political acumen of all women. Yes, being a mom builds character and teaches a person many things, but not foreign diplomacy or congressional maneuvering. Please tell me how Sarah Palin is any match for Hillary Clinton?
- I, as a woman who treasures freedom, equal rights and a sense of social responsibility, am amazed that anyone would think that if I supported Hillary, I would vote for a woman who is against personal choice and the right to marry who I choose, who backs the U.S. in Iraq and thinks healthy competition can fix our health care woes. I aligned with Hillary for her values and commitment. Sarah Palin runs in direct opposition to what I hold most dear.
- Which leads me to the core of the insult…how dare anyone think that I would vote for a woman just because she is a woman, especially to hold an executive position in one of the most powerful countries in the world? I would love to see a woman be president of the United States. And it must be the best woman for the position, not just the best looking. (I am not criticizing Palin who may be an amazing woman; I’m critical of the people who obviously think women have one track minds).
Obama was right. John McCain doesn’t have a clue. He has no idea how he sealed my resolve to vote for Obama and to speak out politically, which I generally don’t do.
On a final note…my research showed that today, the reason that many high-achieving women are not holding the highest positions in a company is because they leave out of frustration for not being recognized and included in solving the company’s top problems, figuring they would take their talents elsewhere instead of waiting for a brass ring that would never appear. Obviously, we must still stay vocal and work together to be the change we want to see in the world.