Perky news reader Katie Couric took time out from destroying what's left of the CBS news organization to complain that women aren't given more cushy positions in politics and corporate America...
"The feminist movement that began in the 1970’s helped women make tremendous strides—but there still haven’t been enough great leaps for womankind. Fifty-one percent of America is female, but women make up only about sixteen percent of Congress—which, as the Washington Monthly recently pointed out, is better than it’s ever been...but still not as good as parliaments in Rwanda (forty-nine percent women) or Sweden (forty-seven percent women). Only nine Fortune 500 companies have women as CEO’s.
That meeting was a reality check for me—and not just about Iraq. It was a reminder that all of us still have an obligation to ask: Don’t more women deserve a place at the table too?"
Katie probably has no idea how far statements like that retard the advancement of women in the market place. Is she seriously suggesting that women should be elected, or promoted to CEO just because we need more women in places of leadership? Evidently, since she mentioned that women comprise 51% of the population, a gender quota should be applied to Congress and all Fortune 500 companies. Should there also be a race quota? How about a handicapped quota? Gays are probably underrepresented in corporate leadership positions...how about a sexual orientation quota? (Representative Barney Frank is so flamboyantly gay that Congress doesn't need any more gays to meet Katie's quota)
Katie seems to think that positions of power and influence should be doled out based on perceived fairness, rather than earned based on hard work, ability, and objectively proven results.
How insulted would Katie be if CBS admitted that they chose her as news anchor because in the interest of fairness they wanted to rectify the problem of the scarcity of women reading the evening news? Katie would swear that she was hired because she earned it as a serious professional journalist with a proven track record in the news industry(an arguable point). Why shouldn't all people be promoted or elected because they earned it and are deserving of it? Preferential treatment because of gender, race, or orientation is blatantly discriminatory. Katie knows better, but as a liberal she can't help regurgitating gender equality dogma.
Katie thinks that women should be given positions they didn't earn. Of course she would be exempt from this because she earned her position.