Women’s History Open Thread: Infamous Women

by Gloria Feldt on March 26th, 2011
in Inspiration, Know Your History, Leadership, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , ,

In No Excuses, not all of the women I talk about have had a positive impact on women’s lives. In fact, I share a quote from Madeleine Albright that says “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” But should women support women like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, who oppose policies that help women, such as reproductive rights, fair pay legislation, and social programs that are most likely to help women and children who constitute the majority of those living in poverty?

Update: Just saw the sad news that Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman major party vice presidential candidate, died today. Gerry exemplified the first wave of women who aspired to political office and had the courage to run of their own volition, rather than as surrogates for their husbands. Smart, tough, and always willing to put herself forward to help women advance, Gerry also fought multiple myeloma (a blood cancer that usually kills within two years) valiantly for over 12 years. Rest in peace, and thank you, Gerry Ferraro.

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Buy the book here. Engage Gloria for a Speech or Workshop. Tweet @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Gloria is the co-founder (with Amy Litzenberger) of Take the Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Find them @takeleadwomen and on Facebook.

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