Posts tagged "women in politics"

Noted Fashion Plate Hillary Clinton Inspires Clothing Store Called “Hillary”

Move over, Michelle Obama — there's a new woman in American political life vying for the snappy dresser crown. "Hillary," a women's clothing store in Kosovo, sells a wardrobe of power-dressing staples just like those worn by the former Secretary Of State. As reported by Yahoo Travel, the shop mostly sells matching pantsuits in solid…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2014

Are We Really That Surprised Male Politicians Made Comments To Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand About Her Weight?

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is publishing her memoir in two weeks, which is already dominating headlines for the ugh-iest of reasons. In Off The Sidelines, Gillibrand reveals several occasions when male colleagues have made sexist comments about her appearance and once even squeezed her stomach. (Just warning everyone now, if you squeeze my stomach,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2014

Russian President Vladmir Putin Calls Hillary Clinton “Weak,” Says “It’s Better Not To Argue With Women”

"It’s better not to argue with women. But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events. I think even in this case we could reach an agreement. When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

Quotable: Hillary Clinton Talks Possible Presidential Run … And Her “Hair Strategy For 2016″

"I think [encouragement to become the first female president] reflects a desire on the part of a lot of Americans, not just women, that we have unfinished business. I’m certainly in the camp that says we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics. To have a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

Hillary Clinton’s Career Advice: Toughen Up, Ladies

Your career plans might not include New York Senator or Secretary Of State. Even so, surely you can't deny that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knows a thing or two about successful careers. Speaking this week at New York University about her new Clinton Foundation project, "No Ceilings: The Full Participatio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2014

Kenyan Politician On Single Women: “If You Are 35 And Don’t Have A Husband, There Is Something Wrong”

"If you are 35 and don't have a husband, there is something wrong. ... We will start demanding that you are married before you are elected.  ... You young ladies: look for husbands and get married. You are the ones causing problems. ... Someone who is able to manage a home is equally able to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 9, 2014

The Soapbox: For The Most Feminist Marriage On TV, Look To Denmark’s Drama “Borgen”

Realistic marriages have little real estate on television, and feminist marriages even less. "Mad Men" and "The Sopranos" were studies of estrangement; "Breaking Bad" of spousal abuse. On "Friends," marriage meant banishment forever on to the suburbs. Imagine my excitement, then, on chipping my way into the first DVD set of "Borgen"…
By: Janet Manley / January 31, 2014

Mommie Dearest: What If The Media Reported On Male Politicians Who Are Fathers Like It Reports On Wendy Davis?

When a woman attempts to find some semblance of "having it all," she automatically becomes demonized. We can’t seem to rise up in the ranks — whether it’s in the corporate world or in politics — without our personal lives, particularly our mothering skills, being called into question. The latest female politician in the hot…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 29, 2014

What Do We Think Of TIME‘s Hillary Cover?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not yet said one way or the other whether she intends to run again for president in 2016. But that hasn't stopped the chattering classes from dissecting every single item related to a "Hillary '16" run ad nauseum. The latest iteration is the TIME magazine cover this week: a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2014

Sexist French Politician Fined For Making Chicken Noises While His Female Colleague Was Speaking

What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2013

Iranian Woman Disqualified From Council Seat Because She Is “Too Attractive”

Nina Siahkali Moradi won an alternate seat in Qazvin, Iran city council elections fair and square. But male colleagues agree she’s “too attractive” to join them and have disqualified her from her clear winnings. Moradi placed 14th out of 163 candidates in the elections, with almost 10,000 people voting for her. But the 27-year-old has been disqualified because…
By: Daley Quinn / August 19, 2013

Australian Politician Tony Abbott Calls Female Colleagues “Feisty” With “Sex Appeal”

"They're young, they're feisty, I think I can probably say have a bit of sex appeal, and they are just very very connected to the local area." -- This is MP Tony Abbott, leader of Australia's Liberal Party, when asked about two female politicians, Fiona Scott and Jackie Kelly. The best he could come up with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2013

Republicans Put Out “Game” In Which The Purpose Is To Slap Hillary Clinton

An anti-Hillary Clinton Republican Super PAC called The Hillary Project put out a Flash-animation "game" on their website in which the player slaps Clinton across the face. When did America start turning into a real-life version of "Idiocracy"? [Raw Story, UltraViolet] The National Institute of Health has finally made good…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2013

The GOP Is Now Trying To Lure Women Out Of The Kitchen

The GOP is worried about the lack of Republican women in Congress. This issue became a priority when the Republicans realized that they needed a friendly female face to put on their late-term abortion bans and ladies-can't-be-trusted-with-their-own-bodies legislation. It doesn’t exactly look great when you can only find dudes that will vouch for the pro-life…
By: Mary Odell / August 7, 2013

Australian PM Julia Gillard’s “Small Breasts” And “Huge Thighs” Shouldn’t Be On The Menu

Even the prime minister of Australia is not immune of objectification and body-snarking: at a political fundraising dinner Julia Gillard was reduced to the significance of the quail served up for dinner with an absurdly offensive menu item listed “Julia Gillard Quail – small breasts, huge thighs, and a big red box” as the mai…
By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Mayoral Candidate Linda Fondren Reveals Prostitution Past

Plenty of politicians are whores to big business. But Vicksburg, Mississippi, mayoral candidate Linda Fondren has opened up about her own actual sex work past: she literally used to work as a legal prostitute in Nevada. "I was a working girl in a legal brothel over 30 years ago," Fondren said. She said she bega…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013

The Soapbox: Ashley Judd And What It Means When We Talk About Gender & Mental Health

This piece was cross-posted with permission from the Ms. Magazine Blog.  On Tuesday, Mother Jones released an audio recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking with members of his reelection staff. Much of the conversation focused on actor Ashley Judd, who, until recently, was rumored to be mulling a ru…
By: Stassa Edwards / April 13, 2013

Meryl Streep & Others Remember Margaret Thatcher

"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton Kicks Some Ass Before The Senate Foreign Relations Committee

She may be leaving the Obama Administration, but this morning, Mrs. Clinton was back in action for her potentially final public act as Secretary of State. I was thrilled to hear her sparring with Senators at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on the…
By: Sarah Gray / January 23, 2013

Some Jerk Is Making A List Of The Ugliest Women In Politics

Today in Stuff I Almost Don't Want To Write About Because It Just Gives Them More Attention news: Eric Golub, a "neoconservative comedian" and blogger for the conservative newspaper Washington Times, wants everyone to know he is writing a list of the 10 Ugliest Women in Politics. But don't get your panties i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2012
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