Commentary Collection: Promoting Women

We are releasing the entire collection of Catherine’s Promoting Women series to all Solari readers! If you’d like to get greater insight into what is driving some of the politics this election season be sure to check it out!

Excerpt from Part IV

I received a survey from the ACLU recently. They wanted to know if I was concerned about my rights.

Wow, I thought. Wouldn’t it be great if the ACLU really wanted to understand how my rights are being eroded and then DID something about it?

I turned the page, ready to tell them how my rights are being compromised:

  • By the NSA and telcom giants listening to my phone conversations;
  • By federal efforts to force me to buy insurance and to take away my property rights;
  • By the enforcement of bogus food safety rules that have shut down small farmers in my area;
  • By securities laws preventing liquid markets for local communities;
  • By aerial spraying that is harming my health and food supply; and
  • By governments and banks dealing drugs into my community.

It turned out that the ACLU had no interest in any of these points. Their survey was focused on gay rights and women: they were only interested in sex.

Not me. I care that gay and straight, rich and poor, men and women are dying as a result of the aluminum and barium being sprayed in the atmosphere. I care that two consenting adults cannot have sex without the NSA listening, watching, or recording it. I care that I’m able to spend my life savings on the lottery or buy drugs but that I can’t invest in local businesses run by (pick one: a short person, tall person, bisexual person, man, woman, Eastern European, or handicapped person) on the theory that government needs to protect me from losing money.

1 Comment

  1. Hmm.. this is a new topic for me.

    I’ve only seen the good side of what happens when women step up in business circles.

    One of my Management profs summed it up well. When you get women on a board or in an executive team it tends to go like this.

    With 1 women, you have a bitch (or one who is perceived as a bitch)

    With 2 women, you have a clique (or two that are perceived as a clique). I hope thats the right word for the in-group that nobody else can enter

    With 3 women, you have Real change.

    I’ll have to listen to this section more. I agree with you on the Facebook exec reference though. Although I have to say she did do a lot of good work to increase the general confidence level of women in the corporate sector.

    I’m also reminded of a conversation I had with a CA friend (a woman who is a partner in a big accounting firm). She refered to some women in her field being “men in skirts” lol . I am assuming that is the perspective you share..

    Thanks for all the great info!

    Karen M from Canada

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