THERE WAS SHIRLEY CHISHOLM
In the 1990’s, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the subject of talk radio and immense scrutiny. In this decade so far, Sarah Palin has faced comparable criticism, albeit from the progressive blogosphere and t.v. news outlets.
But prior to these two intelligent women stepping onto the public forum, there was a congresswoman from New York who desired to see more women in politics. Interestingly enough, in her speeches at least, she did not say which ideology women should belong, but that they be included would make a difference in U.S. American politics. As I read her speech, “Your Time Is Now, My Sisters,” I came across some interesting quotes, that I felt lead to share with you all. Keep in mind, this was written in the context where women there were only 10 U.S. Congresswomen and 1 Senator, a world where only 67% of eligible women voted, but what remains true today is that women make less in terms of income than men for those who work full-time jobs.
“We must replace the old, negative thoughts about our feminity with positive thoughts and positive actions affirming it, and more. But we must also remember that we will be breaking with tradition, and so we must prepare ourselves educationally, economically, and psychologically in order that we will be able to accept and bear with the sanctions that society will immediately impose on us.”
In this instance, like Frederick Douglass the abolitionist thinker who was for pro-women’s suffrage, there is no progress without a struggle. The liberal progressivism of today, with it’s false hopes that everyone will just somehow magically evolve into agreeing with them just does not cut it.
“Women must participate more in the legislative process, because even of the contributions that I have just mentioned that women could bring to American politics would be a spirit of moral fervor, which is sorely need in this nation today.”
What? Is she promising that if a woman, say, ever became the Speaker of the House, that it would be the most ethical Congress in history? 🙂
Sigggh! I digress.