As a Woman, Does N.O.W. Speak for You?

On June 30, 1966, the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) was founded with this statement of purpose,

“To take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.”

All women in America owe N.O.W. a debt of gratitude for the work they did for women’s rights. In the 1970’s N.O.W. promoted the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constiution. Who knows where we would be today if it weren’t for those twenty-eight women and men who gathered and founded the organization.

But what about today? If you are a woman who feels represented by N.O.W., and its current political agenda, please raise your hand……..I’m waiting……..I’m still waiting……..that’s what I thought. Today, N.O.W. does not speak for, or represent, most women; especially conservative women.

N.O.W. lost what little credibility they had left with me during the Clinton years. They crucified Republicans like Bob Packwood, yet turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the serious allegations of sexual abuse and impropriety levied against Bill Clinton. The difference between these two men was this; Packwood (although he had done a lot for women and women’s rights during his Senatorial life) was not an elected choice of the N.O.W. organization; Bill Clinton was…he was their man.

Today, N.O.W is conflicted. And the conflict begins with Gloria Steinem, their leader. Case in point.

On January 8, 2008, during the Democrat primaries, Gloria Steinem, a staunch Hillary supporter, wrote an article for the New York Times. In the article she said,

“Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life, whether the question is who must be in the kitchen or could be in the White House. This country is way down the list of countries electing women and, according to one study, it polarizes gender roles more than the average democracy.”

She concludes her article by saying,

“This country can no longer afford to choose our leaders from a talent pool limited to sex, race, money, powerful father and paper degrees. It’s time to take equal pride in breaking all the barriers. We have to be able to say, ‘I’m supporting her because she’ll be a great president and because she is a woman.'”

Today, September 4, 2008, the day after the historical vice presidential acceptance speech given by a woman, the first ever on the GOP ticket, Gloria Steinem dismisses her nomination with an article she wrote for the Los Angeles Times. In this article she says,

“This isn’t the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It”s about making a life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie.

Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters. Palin shares nothing but a chormosome with Clinton…

…She (meaning Palin) opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming, she opposes gun control but supports government control of women’s wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves “abstinence-only” programs, which increases unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions;…she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Play Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling.”

See the conflict? In Gloria Steinem’s world, the only women who are really qualified to be in the White House are women like Hillary; women who support abortion, gay rights, gun control, and the rest of the N.O.W. agenda. In Gloria’s world, Sarah Palin is unqualified because she marches to a different drum than Gloria and Hillary. Even though Sarah is a strong, intelligient and powerful woman, it doesn’t matter because, according to Gloria, she is wrong on the issues that matter to Gloria.

I’m not conflicted. In my world, Sarah is qualified to be in the White House. In my world, Gloria Steinam doesn’t hold a candle to Sarah Palin. In my world, Sarah typifies the real “ALL AMERICAN WOMAN”.