Instead, in the nomination of Harriet Miers, President Bush has reminded us that gender is unreliable in predicting world view.
It's not safe to assume anything about Miers.
Because although she was a pioneer in her career, overcoming sexism and discrimination to rise to the top of her field, she's also deeply conservative and fervently opposed to abortion, mounting evidence shows.
In other words, Harriet Miers is Clarence Thomas in a skirt.
Both contradict the expectation that race or gender guarantees a given worldview.
Both are a reminder that diversifying the court by sex and race doesn't guarantee a diversity of views. And both have turned their backs on the very liberation movements that enabled them to get where they are.
NEWSFLASH: All women don't think alike! New studies also show that not all black people think alike! Progressives everywhere are baffled by this shocking turn of events.
People are individuals, uniquely created in the image of God. If it is sexist to assume that all women are like June Cleaver, then it is equally sexist to assume that all women are like Gloria Steinem. Why don't so-called feminists understand that simple point?
It would be better for women if this "woman's seat" on the court was filled by a true - pro-choice - feminist, man or woman.
When it comes to women in power, I'll take mine with the beliefs of the movement that got them there.
Excuse me? Does someone need a quick course in feminist history? Quick, call Feminists For Life (FFL)!
We'll start with the founding mothers of feminism. These are the women who fought, suffered, and sacrificed for women's equality when the very notion was still considered laughable by most people:
- Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797): the author who wrote Vindication of the Rights of Women, generally considered to be the first feminist manifesto — PRO-LIFE
- Frances Willard (1839-1898): leading political activist, back before women even had the right to vote — PRO-LIFE
- Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906): legendary feminist, radical thinker, tireless champion of women's rights — PRO-LIFE
- Alice Paul (1885-1977): advocate for women's suffrage, author of the failed ERA, another pillar of feminism — PRO-LIFE
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902): co-published The Revolution with Susan B. Anthony, fought for women's suffrage as a way to clean up a corrupt society — PRO-LIFE
- Jane Addams (1860-1935): founder of Hull House — PRO-LIFE
(NOTE: All links to The American Feminist require free registration at FFL's website. Those links will open in a new browser window/tab.)
FFL has even more quotes, all along the same lines as what I cited above. The foremothers of the feminist movement were pro-life. Ironic, huh? It seems that many modern "feminists" lack are either shockingly ignorant of their own history or willfully ignoring the voices of their predecessors.
At least one Philly resident knows her history:
JILL PORTER, in her column "Be wary of anti-abortionist cloaked as feminist," calls abortion rights "the foundation of the feminist movement."
Those who disagree, including me, would say that the foundation is women's suffrage - its natural outgrowth is the demand for equal rights for women.
Porter's statement also implies that someone who is against abortion cannot be a feminist. She is assuming a set definition for feminism and includes the abortion debate not only within its parameters but as the main focus.
I totally disagree. Abortion, for many, has to do with life and when it begins, not women's rights. It is a moral issue for me and for many feminists. Feminism was alive and well long before abortion was the hot topic it has become, so it cannot logically be the basis for feminist theory.
Emily Kennedy, Philadelphia
Preach it, sister.
(cross-posted at Naaman the Ex-Leper)