Well, we girls can make it after all. And Mary Tyler Moore is dated for even TV Land nowadays. There may be a milestone or two yet to hit, but women are in the mix -- in the marble halls, our nation's top diplomat, editors, you name it. And they do it, for the most part, because they do it like the guys do it: they work hard and prove themselves.
So when folks advocate Hillary for president because she is a woman -- let's make history! -- we ought to take a step back, lest we fall into "The Hillary Trap." This is a phrase radio talk-show host (and former Supreme Court clerk) Laura Ingraham used in her book (Hyperion, 2000) of the same "Trap" name to describe a devotion "to a liberal agenda than reduces women to yet another interest group seeking yet another government handout." Because she is a woman, we gloss over the actual substance of what she promotes because all that really matters is her gender. As Ingraham put it: "Despite her public image as the independent modern woman, Hillary has always been a throwback, who for decades relied on a philandering husband and big government for all the answers."
As Pelosi took charge, she had to be reminded that being a woman isn't really an ideology unto itself; she swore other women in to Congress, including Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn, a member of the leadership of the conservative Republican Study Committee. Blackburn agrees with Hillary and Pelosi on very little -- even though all three are mothers, wives and women. The real milestone will be when we realize that playing gender games is less important than exercising right reason.
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