At Blair House, the old boys club meeting has consisted of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), U.S. Senators John Kyl (R-AZ), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Max Baucus (D-MT), Reps. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who have convened for the budget negotiations with Vice President Biden, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Budget Director Jack Lew, and economic adviser Gene Sperling. Where are the women? – National Council of Women’s Organization
The National Council of Women’s Organization held a press call to talk about women being frozen out V.P. Joe Biden’s budget talks.
Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel asked about the response from the White House for the calls to include women. NCWO’s response was that they were “heartened by the response,” stating that they were “pleased” they would likely get “a meeting with White House staff.”
If you settle for crumbs you’ll not only starve, but you’ll never be present when the whole loaf is sliced.
Are you telling me that between the leadership of Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women (NOW), Bobbie Brinegar, Executive Director, Older Women’s League (OWL), Deborah Frett, Chief Executive Officer, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Cynthia Harrison, Vice-Chair, Women’s Committee of 100, and Gwendolyn Mink, Independent Policy Scholar, plus others, the best these women can wrestle from the White House is a staff meeting?
This is pathetic. Embarrassing. We’re talking the economic health of women across the country, regardless of age, though for some reason the call focused on “older women’s economic security.” Economic security should bind women together, no matter the age, not separate us.
NCWO needs to find their collective spine or fold shop. Strong demands do not equal rude.
Certainly they don’t need to be reminded that female voters comprise the difference in winning and losing the 2012 election for Pres. Obama, V.P. Biden and the Democratic Party.
The staff meeting offer was a test, which NCWO failed miserably, because their acceptance of White House crumbs revealed timidity of purpose and intent equivalent to amateur activism.
Women are being frozen out of the budget talks because we allow ourselves to be held hostage by rules that men never play by. Women have political power, but the trouble is the White House knows NCWO won’t use it.
Maybe the call will bring the needed attention so something will shift, in spite of NCWO’s timidity. If it does it will have been worth it.