Double Standard for Women in Politics
Other countries have seen fit to have a woman head of government--Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Angela Merkel, to name a few--but a woman who runs for President of the United States or is married to one inevitably becomes a hostage to sexism. When Hillary Clinton ran for President, the bashing she took for everything from her pantsuits to her laugh while her awsome brain power was largely ignored was disgraceful. Michelle Obama, an accomplished attorney, has had to busy herself planting a vegetable garden rather than play an active role in her husband's administration. I was saddened to learn that when Jackie Kennedy was First lady, she claimed that she got all of her opinions from her huband. From the prodigious amount of research into Jackie's life that went into writing Paris to Die For, I can say with certainty that Jackie was a highly intelligent, enormously cultured woman who privately shared her own opinions about the world with her husband. But she had to pretend that she had no mind of her own because the world wanted her to be nothing more than a beautiful mannequin. As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Isn't it about time we caught up with the rest of the world?