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The “Haters” Keep Hatin’…

Posted by joyinhome on March 18, 2009

Who knew that Obama’s creating a White House Council for Women and Girls would draw such negative criticism.

Okay, I knew but really?…

We need to speak up and be heard to counter this type of backlash. Post a comment to the Spectator or the Washington Post, write a letter to the editor and/or email the author(s).  This is EXACTLY the sentiment which has historically made women a second thought AND the point of such a council.

Definition of hater.


3 Responses to “The “Haters” Keep Hatin’…”

  1. businesswom said

    I don’t even know what to say about her commentary. She can’t possibly think that helping women and girls = making us damsels in distress all the time. And, while sure, she could have a point about establishing another council for men/boys, it does not have to be at the expense of this one!

  2. espressodog said

    We were not the only ones who thought Parker’s column was absurd. Reps. Maloney and Dingel wrote a letter to the editor about it:
    “In ridiculing President Obama’s establishment of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Kathleen Parker presented a misleading picture of the persistent pay gap between men and women [“Bring the Boys Along,” op-ed, March 18].

    Ms. Parker would like us to believe that men and women are simply making different “choices,” and that this explains the gender pay gap. This view overlooks evidence to the contrary. A study from the Government Accountability Office concluded that even after accounting for “choices” such as work patterns and education, women earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar that men earn.

    Moreover, the GAO has found that women with children earn about 2.5 percent less than women without children, while men with children enjoy an earnings boost of 2.1 percent, compared with men without children. So mothers pay a penalty for their choices while fathers receive a bonus.

    Equal pay is not just a women’s issue, it’s a family issue that also affects our fathers, husbands and sons.

    In more than 13 percent of families, women are the sole earners. The impact of the wage gap is particularly painful in our current economic downturn as families struggle to make ends meet on stagnant wages. President Obama is right to make this a priority.


  3. gansie said

    thanks for posting that rebuttal. Kathleen Parker needs to be put in her place.

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