Although we cannot separate ourselves from our own culturally-limiting, physical embodiments of “female,” we can reveal, reject and resist every sexist misappropriation of ourselves. We can create a world for our daughters where female bodies no longer subject them to a gendered hell, but where all women reclaim their bodies for themselves.
Elizabeth Warren’s take on gender’s role in her campaign shows how difficult it is for women to navigate themselves in the political sphere ultimately dominated by men.
Patriarchal societies persist everywhere in the world, so without serious institutional mechanisms to promote the election of women, they are unlikely to see women reach the highest elective office. It is time for the U.S. to become a role model of representative democracy and implement real and effective policies to promote the election of women at all levels, and particularly for the top elected job.
Our collective inability to imagine women as viable leaders doesn’t only percolate through the fictional worlds of popular culture. It also frames consequential political debates—and elections.
How could we not love Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her candid speech on the Senate floor yesterday about the government shutdown? The senator put a verbal smack-down on continued attempts to cut women’s access to birth control through assaults on the Affordable Care Act, even at the expense of our government and economy. She […]