It's the summer of 2007, and I have breaking news: Women are liberated.
It's true. Just ask media mogul Oprah. Or presidential candidate Hillary. Or Speaker of the House Nancy. I thought of these women after Ellen Goodman's column in the Boston Globe made me think of myself.
In a piece complaining about the ratio of male to female political bloggers, Goodman wrote: "It's not that women are invisible. There are 'women's pages' on the Internet. Technorati counts more than 11,000 'mommy blogs.' There are 'women's issues' blogs like the funny and bracing Feministing."
She continued, "But this is not just about counting, not just about diversity-by-the-numbers. It's about the political dialogue -- who gets heard and who sets the agenda." She cites a female conference organizer who worries, "'Are we going to do the same thing we've done all along, but with computers? Or will we create a new institution that allows for marginalized voices?'"
I hate to spoil a good girl cry, but at National Review Online, I not only have a voice, but I am the key agenda-setter. And I have been either the principal or primary decider -- as President Bush might put it (whose senior advisers read nationalreview.com) -- for the better part of a decade.
I don't know if you've ever been to our site -- the cyber child of the influential National Review, founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955 -- but it's no "women's issues" place, only as much as women's issues ARE American issues.
And I'm not the only female exec at the National Review. One of our most public faces is Kate O'Beirne, a regular on MSNBC's "Hardball" and former panelist on CNN's "Capital Gang," best-selling author, adviser to many a politico, lawyer and political hand in her own right.
Additionally, there are quite a number of strong female personalities on the mainstream political net both behind the scenes and out in front. Just as there are a good number of women with opinions who get heard on talk radio, seen on TV and read in opinion magazines and columns like Michelle Malkin.
Valuable time is often wasted in the commentariat, in studies and in hearings bean-counting the percentages of women on corporate boards, in Hollywood studios, higher education, Congress and on op-ed pages. Number disparities can often be explained not by discrimination but by free choice, something liberal feminists claim to be fans of. Many women reading this column may be just as good or much better at writing or opinion-making than any man or woman they're reading or watching on talking-heads shows tonight. But maybe they chose to raise kids instead of taking that slot on Fox News or getting that editing job or starting that blog site. Choice happens.
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