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Yes, We Are Ready For Hillary

Category: Women's Issues
Posted: 04/12/15 13:51

by Dave Mindeman

As a progressive I know I am supposed to be skeptical...but I do want and support Hillary Clinton to be our next President.

I supported her in 2008 as well, (doing an enthusiastic transition to Obama when that became a reality) - I just think it is past time for this country to have a woman as President. And since being a woman cannot be the main reason for qualifying for the job, Hillary Clinton brings all of the needed other attributes to the table.

Yes, I worry that she is a bit too cozy with Wall Street. That she was too quick to sign on to the Iraq War when she was in the Senate. And I am also worried about the very fact that John McCain likes her.

But I am enough of a pragmatist to know that she is the Democrats best chance to hold the White House in 2016.

Yes, I would follow Elizabeth Warren to the ends of the earth if she was a candidate - but I don't think she can win just yet. Her fundraising ability would not be as strong and the Republican attacks would have to go unanswered.

Frankly, I think Elizabeth Warren would be an incredible Majority Leader in the Senate (assuming the Democrats can take back the majority in 2016). Not only would she move the Senate Democrats to the progressive left, but she could act as a buffer to "President" Clinton's potential problem issues.

The thought of a President Clinton....a Majority Leader Warren....and a Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a Democratic leadership dream.

As usual the Democrats appear to be going with an inferior Senate leader in Chuck Schumer - yes, that Chuck Schumer....the guy in the hip pocket of Israel and a Wall Street shill. That always seems to be part of the Democratic problem - the progressive message gets watered down by the money interest picks at leadership.

But in an era where money is king, we have to work for the small victories that are attainable. And right now, we need to hold the Presidency -- and that means we are Ready for Hillary.

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In Women's Athletics - Even Success Is Not Enough

Category: Women's Issues
Posted: 12/19/14 20:13

by Dave Mindeman

When you try to talk about women's equality issues, it is hard to correlate that with college athletics.

Take the case of Minnesota Duluth Women's Hockey.

Shannon Miller by any measure has been one of the most successful women's hockey coaches since women's hockey gained major college status.

She started the UMD program from scratch and has achieved 5 national championships in 15 years of coaching. Her current team is ranked 6th in the country and has won 12 of its last 13 games.

But apparently that is grounds for dismissal.

The UMD athletic director says ....

"UMD Athletics is not in a position to sustain the current salary levels of our women's hockey coaching staff. However, we remain committed to supporting the Bulldog women's hockey program."

Shannon Miller made $215,000 (her men's counterpart with less tenure and less success makes $235,000; and she offered to take a pay cut). She had two full time assistants (both also fired) and a part-time director of operations (who is also the softball coach- but will no longer be involved in the hockey program).

It is hard to imagine that UMD alumni can seriously believe that UMD is still "committed to supporting the Bulldog women's hockey program"....because if they were, you would not be removing the most essential cog in its success.

Yes, women's hockey does not attract nearly the same fan base that the men's program does....but do you seriously believe that turning out a highly successful coaching staff to begin a completely new program is going to improve attendance?

Not to mention the potential loss of star players, who came to UMD because they were recruited by this successful coach.

This is just more evidence that university athletic directors do not view women's athletics in the same way as the men's counterparts. They do not support them in the same way, they do not promote them in the same way, and they do not hire in the same way.

Yes, the women's programs do not bring in the same kind of revenues - but if your advertising and promotional budgets all go to men's athletics, what do you expect?

Currently women's athletics have to be successful to promote themselves. And apparently, in UMD's case, even that is not enough.

Women have come a long way? Well, in the final analysis, maybe not so much.
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Job Interviews Will Be A Changin'

Category: Women's Issues
Posted: 07/01/14 21:19, Edited: 07/01/14 21:22

by Dave Mindeman

Job interviews will be changing in the future..........

Sarah enters the Human resources office at Company Y. She is a top candidate for an executive position.

Company Rep: Thank you for coming Sarah. We are impressed with your resume and credentials and are willing to make you an offer today. Do you have any questions?

Sarah: Yes, what religion is the corporation?

Company Rep: Excuse me?

Sarah: What religion is the corporation practicing?

Company Rep: Well, uh, the owners are Orthodox Seventh Day Adventist, if you have to know.

Sarah: Well, then, in regards to health insurance, will my contraceptive be covered.

Company Rep: Well, we usually don't get into details on that....

Sarah: Well, sorry, these days we have to.

Company Rep: Well, let me check....yes, yes, we do have contraception coverage.

Sarah: I use an IUD - is that included.

Company Rep: Uh, (flips through handbook) well, I stand corrected. That's NOT covered. I guess it is considered an abortion product. So... not covered.

Sarah: I see.....you said Orthodox Seventh Day Adventist?

Company Rep: Yes, that's correct.

Sarah: Do I have to work on Saturdays?

Company Rep: What? Well, certainly - if it is necessary.

Sarah: But Seventh Day Adventists prohibit work on Saturday.

Company Rep: Well, uh, yes the owners do observe the Sabbath...but company work has to continue. Employees must report.

Sarah: So, you are telling me that the owners observe the Sabbath themselves but employees do not. Yet, employees are required to observe the same reproductive restrictions that the owners adhere to.

Company Rep: Well, now that you say it that way, I guess that sounds about right.

Sarah: Does that sound fair to you?

Company Rep: Hey, I just work here - I don't make the rules.

Sarah: Yeah...well I don't have any say in the rules either. But you would think that establishing rules would apply to everybody in the company the same way and not selectively. Or better yet, rules based on religious beliefs shouldn't be involved with the employees. Just a thought......sorry, I can't work here - but if the company gets bought out by a different "religion", I'll reapply.
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