“Now we need to elect a wom(a)n to the US presidency!” – Margot Grimmer (via Facebook)
Well, it’s not the presidency, but it’s history none the less.
The Academy tired of giving it to the guy with all the muscle, choosing a female who built her machine one brick at a time against all odds over him.
Seeing Barbra Steisand hand Kathryn Bigelow the Oscar for best direction, going to a female for the first time in history, you couldn’t help but think of Hillary. Hollywood quenching the thirst of their community for a new kind of acknowledgment that our country still can’t deliver.
I’ve called it the Hillary hole, that space Hillary Clinton’s lost nomination bid left in so many people’s psyche, which has in no way healed.
“24’s” Cherry Jones, who plays the president on the show, the first female to reveal the building tide. “Oh, I would always vote for Hillary,” her comment when asked last September.
Kathryn Bigelow, the tough female director putting together a far flung independent Oscar bid film about war and the heroes who fight it, becoming our fantasy female commander in chief the country is ravenous for it at this point.
It’s part of why Sarah Palin is so popular and why her fans are tied to her so strongly. It’s also why she is so dangerous to Democrats.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy did more than make 18 million holes in the hardest glass ceiling on planet earth. It gave a vision to American women of a woman actually competent, strong and ready to fill what has historically been a man’s job. It’s something that women are holding tight in their dreams, while instances continually pop up that provide opportunities to keep the dream alive, even if it is only the Oscars.
While fully realizing it won’t be Hillary Clinton who gets the nod for commander in chief, American audiences of the presidency are glued to the prospect that it’s now a woman’s turn, so eyes are peeled for the first female who can fit the bill.
The disarray of the Obama White House has only made the passion grow. There is no way to imagine a woman doing worse.
The frustration for many in both parties and women is that the only female in the spotlight right now is Sarah Palin, someone people still are not convinced is ready to occupy the oval office. Liz Cheney’s hope of president residing in being chosen vice president or through a Senate bid, which is still years away. But with the sober reality that unqualified men have run for president before and gotten in, why not Sarah? First of all, women will be much tougher on their first potential female nominee, with Mrs. Palin having a lot more convincing to do.
The Democrats won’t have another chance until 2016. Jennifer Granholm a natural who would need a law to make her eligible, but since that same law would open the door for Arnold Schwarzenegger, I’m not so sure anyone would be eager to try it.
However, the Hillary hole is real, that’s for certain, with the only one eligible to fill it in the immediate term a Republican named Sarah Palin. She knows it and is working it. The details won’t much matter if the emotional tide towards a female commander in chief keep building.
While Democrats long for a “President Bigelow,” a woman who is as good as a man in the field of battle. Even if there’s no one yet to cast in that role.
March 8th is International Women’s Day-a day to reflect on the progress the world has made in advancing women’s rights, and to recognize what work remains to be done.
This year marks an anniversary very close to my heart. Fifteen years ago, along with women and men from around the world I attended the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The message from that conference rang loudly and clearly, and still echoes across cultures and continents: Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.
One hundred and eighty-nine countries represented at Beijing adopted a Platform for Action that pledged to increase women’s access to education, healthcare, jobs, and credit, and to protect their right to live free from violence. We have made great progress, but there is a long way to go. Women are still the majority of the world’s poor, unhealthy, underfed, and uneducated. They rarely cause violent conflicts but too often bear their consequences. Women are absent from negotiations about peace and security to end those conflicts. Their voices simply are not being heard.
Today, the United States is making women a cornerstone of foreign policy because we think it’s the right thing to do, but we also believe it’s the smart thing to do as well. Investing in the potential of the world’s women and girls is one of the surest ways to achieve global economic progress, political stability, and greater prosperity for women – and men – the world over.
So on this International Women’s Day, let us rededicate ourselves to advancing and protecting the rights of women and girls, and to join together to ensure that no one is left behind in the 21st century.