Monday, January 16, 2012

Democratic Women Still an Endangered Species

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Yes, I'm sure to Republicans it was no big deal to grant state Sen. Jim Kyle the ability to run against Sen. Beverly Marrero. But for Democratic women, it was yet another indication that we are welcome until we need support that "Real Democrats" have decided should go elsewhere.

Shoot, head over to Steve Ross's blog to watch Rep. Antonio Parkinson in action when he decides he doesn't like a proposal made by Rep. Jeanne Richardson, who's now in his new district.

It's no wonder that there are so few Democratic women politicians, when the guys expect women to just step back and let them be in charge. But the problem, as I've said repeatedly, is systemic. When women's work is devalued and women's contribution to Democratic party politics at the local level is downplayed or rolled into her husband's work, when workshops and rallies don't have childcare, women get the message that we're not really welcome.

But we live in a state where Democrats are a minority — a minority made up of women, black men, Hispanic men, and the GLBT crowd. if you can't find a way to engage us, you're not going to get the very little done you could have.

As Aretha Franklin says, if you want to TCB, you'd better show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Oh, that's right. You don't value the input of women. Fine, then, take it from Otis Redding instead.

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