Enuff-already with this almost women’s suffrage month banana republic episode

Dear Readers,

I have no idea whether “our politics,” as President Obama terms it, would be better, or worse, if women were the leaders dealing with America’s current economic crisis. 

However, since I don’t subscribe to the view that women are better, or kinder, or less combative than men, I’m guessing that just like President Obama is fighting hard with everything he’s got, a Democratic woman President would be, too. 

Sadly–notwithstanding this commitment of the President to the rest of us–today, an important conference call, with HHS Secretary Sebelius–regarding the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that family planning assistance be provided at no cost– has been postponed: One (more) piece of important national business thrust aside, as this tragic chapter drags on.

Would a woman President have directed her HHS Secretary to postpone this particular meeting? I don’t know this, either, obviously. However, in this fact context, I think it’s worth thinking about why women choose to run for President. 

 My July blogging for Huffington Post Women focused on just this question: See here.

When Betty Ford passed away earlier this month, I was moved to write about the bully pulpit First Ladies have. [This piece struck a chord with both Daily Kos and Firedoglake, which I was quite pleased about.] 

Now, as we approach the anniversary month of women’s suffrage, let’s hope our leaders, all of them, can get back on track, and get done the things that need doing; say, helping Secretary Sebelius provide better health care for American women.

Sincerely,

Rebecca 

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