Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Women in Straitjackets

Posted in In DC at 2:08 pm by graceandpoise

In an article in today's New York Times, I was struck by the following:

"The comedian Bill Maher recently noted that while other countries elect a wide array of female leaders, our women politicians are still expected to wedge themselves into a 'straitjacket' and act like men."

Agreed.  And it's true throughout Washington DC, not just in the case of politicians.  But the straitjacket comes from Brooks Brothers, so it's got to be a good thing, right?  On the other hand, one would think by now, with all of our talk of egalitarianism and inclusion, we would have moved beyond such shallow and dare I say unreasonable judgements. 

As it is, Bill Maher seems to have hit the nail on the head.  Why else would it have been such a huge and sensational event when Condi wore a pair of knee-high boots to work?