Monday, December 8, 2008

Quick Hit: Feminism's Little Victories Make Me Smile

Over at Daily Kos, SusanG has noticed something about President-Elect Obama's most recent weekly address:
Aside from the commitment to what sounds like a great progressive stimulus plan, one sentence struck me: Will your job or your husband’s job or your daughter’s job be the next one cut?. Read that closely. In a speech about universal fears and hardship, he is addressing his primary listeners as women. Never have I heard sentence construction like that from a president -- women addressed directly in a non-"women's issues" setting as legitimate, fully fledged and very concerned and invested breadwinners.
Little moments like these, they make me feel good.

3 comments:

Madama Ambi said...

Hi SusanG--good catch!! These days I'm so busy that I'm speed reading, and I think I might not have registered that he's speaking to women. We feminists needs to take this invitation to dialogue at his word. I hope you'll check out Feminist Advisory Board for Obama (Facebook group) and see what you think.

CA NOW said...

We linked back to this in a post at the CA NOW blog about feminism and sexism from Obama and his team so far.

crankosaur said...

Wow... that is really pleasant.