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Women’s Empowerment Myth

“Women’s relatively rapid rise seems to have become unexpectedly entwined with patriotism—proof of this country’s belief in fairness, equality, upward mobility.”

“As with the commercial product pitches, simply acknowledging—celebrating—that we are female, alluding to the idea that we can make something happen, even though it’s never clear what that something is, or whether it’s in our best interests, is presented as empowerment. Never mind that, in addition to being virulently anti-choice, Palin opposed legislation ending pay discrimination. By the time the video was through, I have to admit, I was ready to rear up on my own hind legs and attack those rats in Washington who would dare to provide children with affordable health care.”


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