Saturday 30 August 2014

The Hoopla: For all the women who....

MyProfe: Christine Lagarde Transcript

Logan: Lagarde's ambition and drive were evident from the start. When she applied for her first job with a Paris law firm, she was told her credentials were impeccable, but there was one thing she should know.

Lagarde: 'Don't expect partnership in this firm.' So I said, 'Why?' And he said, 'No, you'll never make partnership because you're a woman.' And I looked at him and I said, 'Oh yeah? Well, I'm gone. Thank you very much.' And I just fled.

Logan: You ended the interview?

Lagarde: Oh yes, of course. I packed up and went.

Logan: Her self-confidence wasn't misplaced. Lagarde quickly landed a job in the Paris office of Baker McKenzie, one of the largest law firms in the world. Just fourteen years later she moved to Chicago to become its first female chairman - a French woman, at 43, running a major American law firm. Then, while at the very top of her profession, her country came calling.

Mail ONline - Sep 14/2011
What smutty Silvio Berlusconi was caught on wiretap letting slip about Frau Merkel By Nick Pisa
The Italian prime minister, 74, is accused of insulting his fellow European leader during a conversation with a newspaper editor. It has been suggested that, in a phone call in early July, Mr Berlusconi referred to 57-year-old Mrs Merkel as ‘an un****able fat ****’. The alleged remarks were picked up by investigators probing a £660,000 blackmail plot against the Italian premier.

Huffington Post - Mar 28/2008
Sexist Hecklers Interrupt Hillary: "Iron My Shirt!" by Philip Elliot
Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign stop was interrupted Monday when two men stood in the crowd and began screaming, "Iron my shirt!" during one of her final appearances before the New Hampshire primary. Clinton, a former first lady running to become the nation's first female president, laughed at the seemingly sexist protest that suggested a woman's place is doing the laundry and not running the country.

"Ah, the remnants of sexism _ alive and well," Clinton said to applause in a school auditorium.

Final Word
I suppose I could have gone through all the issues mentioned in the above video and found original references. They would explain the details of the incidents, but make no mistake, the incidents are true. And they are many many more of a similar nature. Our society is sexist. It is racist. It has prejudices against religions, sexual orientation, different cultures, and anything which is not of itself. Our society is xenophobic and traditionalist.

For the moment, though, let's focus on women. Traditionally, they were considered chattel, second class citizens, and these ideas are in some cases enshrined in law. All men may be created equal but not women. (see below: Angela Merkel is an accomplished woman. Take a hike, Silvio.) We're all in this together. We need to recognise this and work together.


Published on Apr 16, 2014 by janewaterhouse

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Wikipedia: Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel (b 1954) is a German politician and a former research scientist, who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office, the first German Chancellor to be born after World War II, and the first post-reunification Chancellor to be raised in the former East Germany (though she was actually born in the former West Germany). She holds a PhD in physical chemistry.


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