June 8, 2016

Glass ceilings vs. locked doors

This story backs up a point we have been making for several decades: the elitism of liberalism - in this case going for glass ceilings rather than locked doors - has been a major factor in the failure of liberal politics. Some of the best feminist organizations have been labor unions that improved the lives of their women members but with little support from the liberal elite.

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Liza Featherstone is editor of the just-released book False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Contributors include Laura Flanders, Moe Tkacik, Rania Khalek, Medea Benjamin, Frances Fox Piven and Yasmin Nair.

Featherstone said today: “We are asked to celebrate the breaking of glass ceilings this week, as the possibility of a female president is hailed as long-overdue feminist triumph? But just what kind of a feminist is Hillary Clinton?”

She has written: “If feminism only concerns itself with the women at the very top of our society, it’s not feminism at all. It’s just elitism. …

“Clinton’s biggest policy contribution as first lady of the United States was in the area of health-care reform. There she played a critical role in narrowing the national policy discourse — by disavowing a single-payer system, which would lower costs and ensure that everyone could have access to care, as in Canada. …"

Featherstone also wrote “[Clinton was] the first (and at the time, only) woman on the board of Walmart, a company that has systematically discriminated against its low-wage female employees for decades. As the largest private employer in the nation, Walmart employs 1.4 million people in the U.S. and 2.2 million worldwide. Although the company boasts a majority female workforce of ‘associates’ (making it the largest employer of women in the country), it’s a notoriously wretched company for women, built on horrifying labor practices worldwide, including sweatshops overseas, wage and promotion discrimination, wage theft, sexual harassment, cuts to hours, wrongful termination, and abysmal benefits and pay.”

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