Go read the whole thing. Then I hope you'll come back here and drop a line about what you think of Warner's argument.
In 1977, Bella Abzug, the former congresswoman and outspoken feminist, said, “Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.”
In other words: women will truly have arrived when the most mediocre among us will be able to do just as well as the most mediocre of men.By this standard, the watershed event for women this year was not Hillary Clinton’s near ascendancy to the top of the Democratic ticket, but Sarah Palin’s nomination as the Republicans’ No. 2. ...
Mediocrity, after all, is the privilege of those who have arrived.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mediocre Female Politicians: A Mark of Success?
Judith Warner writes on the opinion pages of The New York Times: