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Monday, September 12, 2005

the lone woman

I'm sure I'm not the only person to look at the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Senator Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933) as the lone woman member conducting hearings on the worthiness of Judge John Roberts (b. 1955)...as a kind of sad commentary on the state of women's equality in America.

How far have we come towards equity in representation in twenty five years? Not that far.

Notice how the press doesn't even flinch when they float men's names for the next nominee... a replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor? (b. 1930) This state of affairs, is, quite frankly...a disgrace. It's something to think about, what that says about the struggle for equal rights in the United States of America:

The lone woman. (b. 1933)


  • I used to believe, and still believe part of, the idea that you need to find the most qualified person. You won't have perfect balance.

    But then I grew up. I got jobs where I had to hire people and found out an obvious thing.

    HIRING IS NOT OBJECTIVE! Hiring is not objective, at all, you make guesses, you find signs and symbols as to someones character, their way of interacting... all while they are on their best behavior --- which you expect them to try to be.

    What a mess it is. And you end up HAVING to rely on biases (aka intuition) and racism and sexism are INSIDEOUS biases... you just feel an intuition, it won't whisper "by the way, this intuition brought to you by the letters R,A,C,I,S, and M").

    So hell yeah, they should have found a woman. You can ASSUME there are women competent to serve on the court and find one.

    There is no MOST qualified person, there are a lot of different people with different strengths, weaknesses, and faults all of which are qualified enough, find one that's a woman.

    I thought Bush might do that.

    I tell you... Roberts is going to be confirmed I think, and it fking sucks that we have this idiot son of an asshole (btw, I don't mean Dad) deciding the shape of our court for years to come.



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:44 PM  

  • I could not agree more. As a symbol of where we are now, the Lone Woman is a sad sad state of affairs. It seems like commentators are afraid to even notice gender disparities in the powerful.

    By Blogger Kathleen B., at 1:53 PM  

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