March 12th, 2009
09:15 AM ET

Some women wanted more from White House

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Josh Gerstein

After Barack Obama’s election, some in the women’s movement thought big – pushing for a Cabinet-level office, or even a blue-ribbon Presidential Commission on Women.

But when Obama announced his plans Wednesday, he brushed aside those requests.

Instead, he started the White House Council on Women and Girls — a sort of inter-agency task force with no full-time staff, no Cabinet-level leader and no set meeting schedule.


Filed under: Raw Politics • Women's Issues
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Karen

    "What you deserve when you've earned it"? Excuse me, what exactly are you saying. Women support the world and suffer immeasurable injustice.....learn about the abuses of woman (&children) in war-ravaged African nations, do you know how 13 year old female rape victims are stoned to death in Islamic countries? Did you know it was a convocation of women who brought about the eventual reconciliation of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland (along with a Nobel Peace Prize)? Do the names Benazir Bhutto, Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir, Jane Adams, Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth I, Curazon Aquino, Marie Curie mean anything to you?
    No. I thought not. How's the scenery down in that hole?

    March 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  2. Baze

    You'll get what you deserve when you've earned it

    March 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  3. Melissa

    As a woman, I'm very tired of hearing some feminists constant moaning about how women get treated in the country. Here's a shocking thing for them but they need to knock it off. Its not as bad as they keep pretending it is and its getting very annoying. Women are more equal than they've ever been. In fact, I've never seen a woman actually get paid less than a man in the same position or any of the other crap they keep trying to make up.

    Knock it off already. You're getting a special task force for women's studies (which I think is a giant waste of funds). Now YOU take control and start setting an actual schedule. The President doesn't need to hold you by the hand.

    Behaving the way you are is actually setting us back by implying that we need a man to tell us what to do.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  4. Sherry, N. Calif.

    Since this article was written by a man, what does he know? We are women who have come far. We still have far to go. We will invest in our daughters our morals and dreams about a future where women will succeed and rule this country someday. I will not be here. I will be on the other side smiling at those carrying on what women started many, many years ago. EQUALITY! So get over it women! Those of you especially who think you are so deserving of some position you are not acquiring for your own personal gratification. Invest in our children. Back out President when he wants education money for good teachers in our inner city schools. Educating our young is our future. Let's get busy and quit letting men write articles of us crying at the sidelines.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  5. jen

    I don't believe that women should be surprised with what the President did yesterday. President Obama wasn't that big on women's issues during the primaries, and I honestly don't believe that he knew what they were. We still voted for him, hoping that he will be able to do some good. Many democratic women, myself included, believed that he would at least not cause hurt to what has been accomplished so far, and believed that there would be a much larger chance that Sen. McCain would. Instead of looking at the negatives regarding this action, lets focus on the positives! He is willing to have people meet, even if it becomes sporadically, about the issues that matter to us! As Marie Wilson, from the White House Project, has said: women don't want to rule everything, we want to lead right along side the men. Often times, it appears to me, that some want everything without working hard for it. So be thankful for what Obama has done so far, and get yourself involved! Join the white house project (or any other organization that will give you the tools) and become a leader, get the issues voiced aloud, and believe in the statement that "change begins with ME!"

    March 12, 2009 at 11:38 am |