women's history month

Women Scorned – by Deborah Levine

I am compelled to respond to conservative columnist Ron Hart’s recent article about women marching, The ladies doth protest too much. Hart heaps scorn upon liberals as manufacturers of pious rage and disses the recent women’s marches around the country. In his usual snarky style, not only are the women scorned, but so are the march sites.  “Cities like San Francisco, New York, Portland and Washington, D.C,. hosted most of these showy displays of victimhood, both real and imagined. In fact, with high taxes and companies fleeing, most of these towns have become protest-based economies.”

In his zeal to prove that the Left hates the most, Hart leaves no stone unturned. He even dissed his own friends, saying the few women he knew who were going even though they had no idea why. Calling the marches “self-important theatrics” spurred on by our education system and the media, his called out his friends’ overwhelming desire for gossip for cocktail parties. I doubt the women scorned appreciated his analysis that they were “thoughtless”, ignorant, and shallow.

According to Hart, those pathetic, clueless ladies had been ruthlessly manipulated by the media when men like himself could have educated them to stay home. By attending the arch, the ladies were exposed to the foul language of Madonna and Ashley Judd. How dare those Hollywood stars be so crude! Hart didn’t mention that the anger might be generated by what Vogue Magazine called, Hollywood’s Depressing Gender Pay Gap.

Noting that 71% of all speaking roles in moves go to male characters, the article explains that “…Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, king of the blockbuster paychecks, made $64.5 million from June 2015 to June 2016—nearly $20 million more than Lawrence’s $46 million. Never mind that both Johnson and Lawrence headline big-budget franchises: he, the Fast and Furious films, including next year’s Fast Eight; she, the massive Hunger Games series…”

The entertainment industry is the sole culprit. Let’s take a look at women serving in elected offices. According to the Catalyst Knowledge Center, in the previous ( 114th) United States Congress, women held just 84 (19.3%) of the 435 seats In the House of Representatives. Women of Color are just 6.2% of the total members of Congress. Only six US governors were women, and only 24.6% of state legislators were women.

Hart claims these women are “crying wolf” because there is no real reason to protest. Maybe he should take a look at the corporate sector. A new study of 1,800 companies by researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Delaware revealed that almost 25% of those boards have only one woman director and almost 3% of them are men-only. Further, “diverse” people (women & minorities) on the boards are paid about 3% to 9% less than their “non-diverse” (white & male) counterparts. Adding insult to injury, The Guardian published an article, Women CEOs: Why companies in crisis hire minorities – and then fire them, that describes how “So-called ‘non-traditional’ CEOs – like Yahoo’s Marisa Mayer – are often hired in bad times, then replaced by white males…”

Accusing liberal women of McCarthyism for refusing to perform for his inauguration, Hart never mentions these various reasons for protesting. Nor does he acknowledge the “pussy” grabbing offense. Rather, he labels the protesters as irrelevant, simple-minded, and man-hating weirdos. Concluding with the condescending tone of a man who understands these things far better than we do, he calls for women not to protest. After all, he says, “Trump just wants to take things that have not worked and do them a little differently. That is not hate, that is management.” All this name calling and being patronized, too? No fury like women scorned – When’s the next march?



Deborah Levine is an award-winning, best-selling author. As Editor of the American Diversity Report, received the 2013 Champion of Diversity Award from diversitybusiness.com and the Excellence Award from the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. Her writing about cultural diversity spans decades with articles published in The American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, The Bermudian Magazine, and The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin. She earned a National Press Association Award, is a Blogger with The Huffington Post, and is featured on C-Span/ BookTV.

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