1.15.2009

Smart girls

In October 1890, the editors of Donahoe’s magazine, one of the leading Catholic publications in America, made this observation:

“The girl who knows everything makes herself obnoxious by flaunting recently acquired knowledge. Young men dread her. Old ones have the utmost contempt for her. She is losing her womanliness.”

- Quoted by Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.

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I watched, on C-SPAN, all six hours of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The Washington Post (LINK) summed up the day: “ … Democrats and Republicans alike praised her for her intellect and her abilities.” Even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called her testimony “brilliant” and “a tour de force.”

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This morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, by a vote of 16 to 1, overwhelmingly backed her appointment to be secretary of state.

The single vote against her came from David Vitter (R-LA). Although Vitter claimed “conflict of interest” concerns, I would question his attitude toward Democrats in general and women in particular.

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In 1908, Donahoe’s magazine ceased publication. Read the original New York Times article.

In American cities and in London, “radical” and “militant” suffragettes had taken to the streets demanding a voice.

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Thanks, girls, your voices are being heard.

2 comments:

Senator Frodo (voting "Aye") said...

Frodo gives special kudos to Secretary-Designate Clinton for staying awake during the comments by Senator Kerry, and for not wearing a leopardskin outfit for Senator Vitter.

Tiny said...

Ditto to Senator Frodo. Kudos Sedretary-Designate Clinton for refusing Senator Vitter's demand that she wear a leopard-skin outfit to satiate his sexual appetites. Let him beat it back (pun intended) as fast as he can to
Lousiana. Don't let him use taxpayers money to further prostitute himself and the tacpayers of LA.