Disclaimer: This article was written by Michele Hickford. Growing up as a young girl in the 60’s and 70’s for whatever reason, I never had any doubt I would have a career outside of the house. The traditional homemaker role was not for me, and I’m not sure where I got that mindset. My mother was certainly not a “feminist” and she never worked outside the house once she had children.But somehow I knew I would have a career. My gender never entered my mind as either a help or a hindrance. It just “was.” In the beginning of my career I was often the youngest, smallest and only female in the room. I never looked for any sort of sexism and never found it.
One of the greatest complements I got from coworkers was when they said I was just “one of the guys.” In the office, I think that’s how it should be. Gender simply shouldn’t be an issue. Certainly coworkers will find something to tease you about, and in my case, it was my height.Now I’m no longer the youngest (in fact I’m often the oldest) or the only female (although I’m still generally the smallest), but it seems rather than making any progress, we’ve become hyper-sensitized to sexism. Have we made no strides whatsoever, or is just the culture of victimhood that seems so pervasive?
Kellyanne Conway was instrumental in helping Donald Trump achieve victory in November. She has a long and storied career in Washington and in communications. She’s a powerful woman among many powerful men.
Of course she doesn’t get any credit for that because she’s not a Democrat. Frankly it would seem that’s why she gets so much criticism, but instead Conway says it has to do with sexism.Per The Hill, Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview at a conservative summit on Saturday that much of the criticism against her is “gender-based.”
“I understand that we’re a nation of charged opinions and partisan rancor, but I do find that most of the vitriol comes from people who don’t know me, and who are very brave on social media,” Conway said in a response to a question from Bob Vander Plaats, president of social conservative group The Family Leader, at a conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
Conway also said a lot of the criticism directed toward her and Trump is “disconnected” from reality.“It’s unbelievable how if I say something on a television program, or if the president says something, the reaction is so disconnected from what was just said,” she said.
“But so much of the criticism of me is so gender-based,” Conway added, while encouraging increased civility in policy debates. “I pray for my country and I pray for my critics.”
The criticism against her from other women, she claimed, “totally undercuts modern feminism saying that they are for women.”It’s not uncommon for those on the left to throw out the sexist/racist/homophobic/xenophobic card – we expect it from their side.
But we know they’re not for women. They’re only for liberal women. And yes, it’s hypocrisy, but more than anything it’s just politics.
Just surprising when we hear it from our own. And that’s coming from a woman.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]