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.
Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’
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 »
Posted in Children's rights, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Human Rights, Uncategorized, women and girls, Women's rights, tagged #BringBackOurGirls, Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, kidnapped girls, Michelle Obama, Nigeria, Nigerian schoolgirls on May 16, 2014| 2 Comments »
Seventeen days ago, and two weeks into the ordeal of what we now know to be nearly 300 young female Nigerian scholars, Al Jazeera America began publicizing the Twitter hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls. I had not seen any other news outlet acknowledge the story at that point. Plenty of time and money had been spent for weeks on the missing airliner and the sunken ferry, but it seemed at the time that no one was particularly concerned about thugs invading a girls’ dormitory on the eve of final exams and abducting them for doing exactly what they were there to do: studying.
First and foremost, at that time, the story needed publicity – a higher profile – and the hashtag campaign seemed exactly what was needed so I came here, posted about it, and tweeted the post with the hashtag. Reactions to that post indicated what I had predicted. A lot of people did not know about this situation. I continued posting and tweeting and as the days went by the hashtag campaign did what it was meant to do. It went viral. Big names picked it up and the media could no longer ignore the story.
The whole point of the campaign was to raise public awareness, and it worked. Now it is a story. Now it gets coverage. People know. The global hashtag campaign forced the hand of the Nigerian government which had done nothing to help the girls or their families. Now on the evening news we see the girls, their faces sad and surrounded by veils. We see the abductors, cocky and jeering.
The girls are not home yet. We are not even sure where they are. We have heard the stories of a few who escaped, and at least one says that she cannot return to school. Mission accomplished, Boko Haram! At least one young woman will not be studying Darwin, or be looking online at powerful telescopic photos near the moment of the Big Bang, or grow up to find ways to build a greener future for her country – the leading oil producing nation on the continent.
The supremely ironic, crazy attack by right-wing media on the hashtag campaign and on Hillary Clinton (I predicted that here) should come as no surprise and is no coincidence.
Posted in Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, misogyny, Secretary of State, sexism, US Department of State, tagged crimes against women, Dennis Miller, Dick Morris, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lame Cherry, Michelle Obama, misogyny, Sarah Palin, Secretary of State, sexism, State department, U.S. Department of State on November 21, 2009| 5 Comments »
Man! Or anyway THIS man! Right on the heels of all the cute body language stuff in the previous post, this comes up on one of the news feeds, and I am amazed since heretofore Dennis Miller has been pretty positive about our Head Homegirl.
Speaking with Palin, Dennis Miller transitions from calling Newsweek cover ’sexist’ to insulting Hillary Clinton.
Earlier this week, Sarah Palin wrote on her Facebook page that Newsweek’s choice to use a Runner’s World photo of her in running shorts for its cover was “unfortunate” and “sexist.” Palin’s criticism has since been echoed on both the left and right. Interviewing Palin on his radio show yesterday, Dennis Miller added his voice to those calling the cover “sexist.” But he then did something that most of the other critics haven’t done. He immediately followed it with a joke about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that could also be easily characterized as sexist:
MILLER: Listen, Sarah, I have to ask you. This Newsweek cover. First off, I have two thoughts on this. To me it seems blatantly sexist and secondly I’m just glad they didn’t decide to do it with Hillary during the primaries. But your thoughts on it. You a little POed at this? I mean this was for another magazine, right?
Well, it is sexist, Dennis, and now you are on my list that includes Bill Maher, Dana Carvey, and Robin Williams, for making nasty comments or innuendo about our Homegirl’s appearance. Actually, Dennis and cohorts, physical features and their appeal are very much a matter of taste. I, for one, just do not think Sarah Palin is all that attractive, although it seems a lot of guys think she’s hot on that Newsweek cover.
I have, but will not post, two very hot pictures of Hillary Clinton wearing less than what Sarah is on that cover – in a bathing suit – and she is very beautiful. She has a very curvy figure, a tiny waist, nice bust and hips, and yes, pretty legs and looks smashing – very feminine. So, Dennis, I do not know what you mean.
I am really sick of men who think they are so hot (and are not) making remarks about women’s physical appearance. This goes for you, Dick Morris, and for you too, Lame Cherry, too cowardly to come out from behind your screen name making negative comments about Michelle Obama’s appearance.
These women (all women) have their own personal styles. The cover picture on Newsweek (I will not give them the satisfaction of a link) was an inappropriate choice, and I believe Mrs. Palin (she is not Governor of anything anymore) should have been allowed input as to what picture went on the cover.
But, reality check, Dennis and the rest of you: You and your “parts” (that includes the parts between your ears) are none too attractive to me! You are not going to make headway with women by speaking with forked tongues – by petting Sarah then slamming Hillary. I am boycotting the appearances of all these guys on my list and invite my Sistah Homegirls to do he same. The portrayals by all of them of Hillary were shameful. Shameful!