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I started clicking around the Information Superhighway after the last blog post, looking through Tea Party literature and the like. None of it was particularly surprising, until I found Smart Girl Politics and their Smart Girl Nation.
First question: When did smart women stop referring to themselves as "women?"
Second question: Is this where the 90s Girl Power movement has led?
Third question: When did "smart" people start confusing "empowerment" with "mobilization?"
Fourth question: Where are the statements about women (other than women as a voting block) in the mission statement? Women's rights? Women's issues? Even in the discussion on health care, where is the mentioning of women's health issues?
Fifth question: OR, how about this small omission? Yeah, March was Women's History Month. It wasn't mentioned once on SmartGirlNation.org. SmartGirlPolitics.org doesn't have a search function...but a search on their ning site turned up this, which leaves much to be desired as far as the acknowledgement of women's history (or present) goes.
Here. March is over, but for a moment I'm going to pretend it's not. Some things to know about women in America today:
- As of 30 September 2008, 14% of our armed forces were women, and so were 1.7 million of our military veterans.
- In 2008, 59% of the American workforce was made up of women, and women made 77 cents for every male-earned dollar.
- In 2002, women-owned businesses raked in $939 billion in revenue. These businesses employed 7.1 million people.
- 82.8 million (of the 155.8 million) women in this country are mothers. In 2008, 5.3 million of these women were stay-at-home moms.
For the record, I have less beef with their political stance than I do the faulty execution of their mission. To engage women in political discussion through education and empowerment is worthwhile regardless of political viewpoint or the conclusions reached by these women through the process. They're just not doing it, and they're making a mockery of those who do.
note: I grabbed all the factoids here. There are plenty more.