Again and again we hear the oppressed woman mantra and Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards was no different, but just as depressing. I think we women should beware of those who tell us we are victims: oppressed, overworked and underpaid.
In some way that alleged women’s movement diminishes women and our many accomplishments and contributions.
Yes, there was a time in the U.S. when women could not vote and were excluded from the boardroom. However, in today’s society women can and do rise to high places. A woman ran for president, didn’t win but she was nominated by a national political party and more want to be there. Women are representing us at the United Nations and in the intelligence community here and abroad and women are seated in big leather chairs in boardrooms across America and, indeed, the highest court in the land.
So, what is the point of all this teeth gnashing and fists in the air? Should gender be the main criteria for anything? Not everyone is cut out to be an astronaut or Supreme Court Justice – man or woman.
After all, it is the 21 st century and we have come a long way, baby. My distaste is directed at the whininess of victimhood. We need to be proud of who we are and what our sisters have accomplished in the last century.
But don’t be discouraged by the Hollywood shows like Golden Globe and Academy awards and their successful attendees, or the new, progressive politicians and even the pledges to hire an equal number of women, “next time.” Sunday night, one Golden Globe winner promised her next work crew will definitely be 50% women. Gender, the new criteria.
I certainly hope that doesn’t apply to operating rooms or cockpits. . . I don’t care whether my brain surgeon or pilot is a man or woman – but they better be damn good.