THE CONVERSATION on “Meet the Press” Sunday got interesting and very revealing, with Republican Marsha Blackburn having the unmitigated gall to suggest that women’s economic equality wasn’t of prime importance.
MR. AXELROD: How about pay equity laws to ensure that women are treated fairly in the workplace?
REP. BLACKBURN: I think that more important than that it is making certain that women are recognized by those companies. You know, I’ve always said I wasn’t– I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female. I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein, that is what women want.
GREGORY: What about…
REP. BLACKBURN: They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions themselves.
Women may think they don’t want Washington making equal pay decisions, but we need the federal government involved, which the Lily Ledbetter Act proved, something Marsha Blackburn actually voted against.
David Gregory also got into the Lean In debate and deserves credit for it.
GREGORY: Jonathan, isn’t it interesting too, it’s also the question of what men want? And I was struck as Bloomberg Businessweek has this– this cover story out Working Dads Want Family Time, Too talking about Lean Out. And that is something that– it talks about younger men, certainly true in my life, in my generation, who are coming out of college if they are or starting on their work life and understanding that they want things in their careers. They understand that their partner is going to want those things, too. So they look at responsibility at the home including child rearingly– child rearing as a total partnership.
Three articles I wrote last week get into these issues in depth. One took on a Newsweek piece by Megan McArdle suggesting women should marry younger, based on a ridiculous premise. The other two dismantled Erick Erickson’s traditionalist mumbo jumbo, which was widely pilloried.