From today’s New York Times.
ON THIS DAY
On March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
Posted in Congress, Executive Branch, Republican Party, US Senate, women in government, Women Leaders, tagged Coretta Scott King, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell on February 8, 2017| 1 Comment »
We are bloody but unbowed. Yesterday, after massive efforts of letter writing, phone calling, emailing, and petition signing, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education by an historic tie-breaking vote by VP and Senate President Mike Pence.
Not long afterward, the effort to confirm Jeff Sessions, noted bigot, as Attorney General ran into an effort by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to read a letter penned in 1986 by Coretta Scott King in opposition to Sessions being appointed a federal district judge in Alabama.
We see how this is going.
Here are the Twitter hashtags.
Here is the exchange on the Senate floor.
The swamp gases in DC are toxic.
Stay battle-ready. This is just the beginning.
Thank you, Liz!
Here is the letter.
My Senator, Cory Booker.
From Hillary Clinton:
Cross-posted at Still4Hill.
Posted in Donald Trump, State Department, U.S. Department of Justice, Uncategorized, women in government, Women Leaders, tagged Attorney General, Donald Trump, Monday Night Massacre, Richard Nixon, Sally Yates, Saturday Night Massacre, Sean Spicer, State department on January 31, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Unlike Trump, Nixon actually won the popular vote, but the clumsy CREEP-sponsored break-in at the DNC HQ in the Watergate complex eventually caught up with him.
In case you missed it by dint of being born too late or if you memory is dusty, this Washington Post article gives a pretty thorough account of Nixon’s Saturday Might Massacre as compared to Trump’s legacy tribute last night now dubbed the Monday Night Massacre.
On the night of Oct. 20, 1973, the United States was gripped by a constitutional crisis unlike any in its history.
President Richard Nixon, under investigation for his role in the Watergate scandal, ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor handling the case, rather than cooperate with him. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned in protest, after refusing to carry out the president’s orders. Nixon went on to abolish the special prosecutor’s office entirely.
The events became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.” It marked one of the most sordid moments in White House history, with the president using his political power to thwart an investigation and retaliate against his opponents in government.
“Saturday Night Massacre” re-emerged in the popular lexicon again on Monday, when President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for instructing Justice Department lawyers not to defend his order shutting U.S. borders to refugees worldwide and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries.
Just hours after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates ordered the Department of Justice not to defend President Donald Trump’s refugee ban, the Trump administration ousted her from office. Yates, an Obama appointee, was tasked with serving as attorney general from Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration until his own AG nominee was approved. On Monday evening, Yates announced that the DOJ would not defend Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries while she was in office. Hours later, the Trump administration issued a statement calling Yates “weak” and announcing Dana Boente as her replacement.
Here is Sally Yates, American hero.
The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not named in the article, is Daniel Ragsdale. He remains at ICE as a deputy director, but the one-two punch stirred echoes of Nixon’s October 1973 purge.
Speaking of purges, what’s up at the State Department? There were these from last week.
I know oust and purge are words we do not normally associate with our peaceful, bloodless transitions of power in this country, but it is probably unnecessary to remind you that nothing is normal – especially our new special relationship with Russia.
Posted in 2016 election, Democratic Party, Feminism, Hillary 2016, Hillary Clinton, Hillary for America, Hillary for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton, misogyny, Republican Party, sexism, Uncategorized, women and girls, women in government, Women in History, Women in the Media, Women Leaders, Women's History Month, Women's Issues, Women's rights, tagged Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, women in government, Women in History, Women's History Month, women's issues on March 24, 2016| 3 Comments »
Hillary Clinton made a major policy speech yesterday. She’s running for president of the United States. Every time she opens her mouth – and she has a pretty mouth that says smart things that some people sometimes dislike – somebody has something to say about how she sounds. Seems it is never “just right.”
This popped up in my newsfeed which pretty concisely packages the issue.
She’s been criticized for shouting before.
I don’t know. What does Hillary Clinton have to do to get it “just right?” To get anything just right? Personally, I was worried about how her poor voice would hold up, it had suffered such abuse these past weeks on the campaign trail. It held up fine, and for my money her tenor was fine. When Hillary gives policy speeches, she generally is calm and deliberate. I have watched many over the past eight years since I began keeping track of her secretary of state tenure. That is her policy speech style. I don’t even want to go into that. Paige Lavender did the topic justice. But what does Hillary have to do to get things “just right?” More to the point, why does she have to?
Everybody has something to say about what she wears, how she sounds, how she looks. Wear that yellow for the speech. No! Oh! Not that awful yellow! Be forceful! Oh no! Don’t yell. Smile more!
Why can’t Hillary just be Hillary? Why can’t the most qualified person ever to run in my life (Harry Truman began as a haberdasher – youngsters, just go google it – I’m too tired – he was the first to run in my life) have a fair chance to spell out her plans without everybody talking about her tone, facial expression, and whatever other third element hits the windshield of the armchair quarterbacks.
When Hillary and I were in college, Marshall McLuhan (go look him up – I am tired of spoonfeeding voting age people) said the “medium is the message.” He meant medium as print v. video. So video is the message today, even though I still like to get my hands on transcripts and lift the passages I think are important. Video – and audio – are the whole show.
I know I am biased. But WTF??????? What is so offensive about Hillary that Bernie’s foghorn and gesticulating, Ted’s cartoon voice, John’s bedtime story voice, and Trump’s bellowing (“Get ‘im out!”) fail to surpass in offensiveness, condescension, plain old annoyance?
Why is her wardrobe an issue? They all look like a suit rack at the cleaners. Why, when she puts forward the only sane. thought-out, and comprehensive plan to combat terrorism is anything other than her words and her plan an issue?
It really never entered my mind that we would have a woman president. I loved Shirley Chisholm. She sat them all down like she was the detention teacher in the halls of Congress. Pat Schroeder gave it her best, and Gerri Ferraro made me proud coming within a margin of being a heartbeat away. But this was never a goal.
It’s just that right now we have the best candidate I have ever seen. She happens to be a woman with a message, a set of plans, and a way of explaining things. She’s not hard to look at, not hard to listen to, and, when you bother to listen, not hard to understand – she explains well.
Why can’t Hillary get it just right? Or is it that the chairs keep getting moved around while the music blares?
Thank you Hillary Clinton for running for president when you didn’t have to. Thank you for your plans, your brilliance, and for always being right on target while looking pretty and being your spunky and empathetic self. Your Homegirls love you!
Posted in Michelle Obama, Women, women and girls, women in government, Women in History, Women in Military, Women in War, Women Leaders, Women's History Month, tagged Jill Biden, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Wilma L. Vaught, Women's History on March 5, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Each March, we come together to celebrate Women’s History Month — a time to lift up the legacy of every woman who has stepped forward to expand and defend freedom throughout our history.
In honor of this occasion, it was my privilege this week to be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to pay tribute to the heroic women who support and defend the American people: America’s women veterans.
Posted in Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Women, women in government, Women in History, Women's History Month, tagged Jeannette Rankin, U.S. Congress, Women's History on March 4, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for this tweet!
Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) became the first woman to hold a high government office in the United States when, in 1916, she was elected to the United States Congress from the state of Montana. After winning her House seat in 1916, she said, “I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.” She also was elected in 1940.
Rankin’s two terms in Congress coincided with U.S. entry into both World Wars. A lifelong pacifist, she was one of 56 members of Congress (including 50 in the House) who voted against entry into World War I in 1917, and the only member of Congress to vote against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
In February 1911, Rankin became the first woman to speak before the Montana legislature, making her case for women’s suffrage. In November 1914, Montana passed a similar amendment granting women unrestricted voting rights. Rankin later compared her work in the women’s suffrage movement to the pacifist foreign policy that defined her congressional career. She believed, with many suffragists of the period, that the corruption and dysfunction of the United States government was a result of a lack of feminine participation. As she said at a disarmament conference in the interwar period, “The peace problem is a woman’s problem.”
On March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaIn office
March 4, 1933 – June 30, 1945Franklin Roosevelt
Harry TrumanWilliam DoakSucceeded byLewis SchwellenbachFannie Coralie Perkins
April 10, 1880
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.New York City, New York, U.S.DemocraticMount Holyoke College
University of PennsylvaniaFrances Perkins Wilson (born Fannie Coralie Perkins; April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition. She and Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes were the only original members of the Roosevelt cabinet to remain in office for his entire presidency.SNIP
Memorials and Monuments
The Frances Perkins Building that is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. was named in her honor in 1980.
The Frances Perkins Center is a nonprofit organization located in Damariscotta, Maine. Its mission is to fulfill the legacy of Frances Perkins through educating visitors on her work and programs, and preserving the Perkins family homestead for future generations. The Center regularly hosts events and exhibitions for the public.
Perkins remains a prominent alumna of Mount Holyoke College, whose Frances Perkins Program allows “women of non-traditional age” (i.e., age 24 or older) to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. There are approximately 140 Frances Perkins scholars each year.