Being A Woman Does Not Alone An American Hero Make
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Being A Woman Does Not Alone An American Hero Make

It’s understandable that we look to women now to take us out of the current crisis in America .  There is no question that men, holding the vast majority of positions in the two houses of Congress and in the Administration, are feeble and even ugly in their partisanship and failure to hold to America’s tenets of fair play, honesty, and equity.          

Given what we have seen, nay lived through, in America since the election of 2016, it is not surprising that we are searching for someone, some group, even some gender to bring sanity to all we hold dear and to save the nation.  We are, indeed, at the brink.

And, so, especially after the Kavanaugh debacle, many have focused on women as the group who will apply much needed reason, empathy and sanity to our country and to the larger world coming apart    

Christine Blasey Ford blew us away.  So did Senator Mazie Hirono and some other women in Congress – certainly not Susan Collins who played with us all before she showed her cowardly core.  But, Ford, Hirono and some others were so powerful and persuasive that many began to think that women could, in fact, save the country – as the men in government on both sides certainly cannot. 

But, then we saw other women coming forward who tried to tear these extraordinary women down, many with the exact same words as their Republican counterparts.  Then The New York Times surveyed some 40,000 people on their reactions to the Kavanaugh confirmation. Their reactions threw cold water on any hope that one gender could lead us out of the darkness.  Indeed, half of the women The New York Times quoted were as blind, as ignorant, as ugly as their male counterparts. 

So much for the hope that gender differences will save the country.  All the same, I would still vote for a woman any time for any thing over a man.  I have to believe, in spite of still scant evidence to the contrary, that in the main they are a tad more wise and honest than the majority of men on this planet.

Daniel Socolow
Daniel Socolow: President, Socolow Group. Former Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, President of the American University of Paris, Vice President of Spelman College. BA, MA, Ph.D.


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