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Last week, our own Larry Cohler-Esses shared his story of helping a close friend obtain an abortion in 1969, when it was still illegal and dangerous to do so. When Larry interviewed his friend decades later, she told him that “the experience for me was just an experience…I don’t believe it was life altering. I don’t believe it either guided my path or determined my path.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman from Florida and Chair of the Democratic National Committee, knows a thing or two about power and politics. And in a recent interview, she acknowledges that her own actions as a leader are viewed differently (and more problematically) because of her gender. So it gave me a bit of whiplash to see, in the same interview, Wasserman Schultz take a pot shot at younger women — in a comment that is brief but so bold it became the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Young Women Are Complacent.” Responding to a question about the generational divide among Hillary Clinton supporters, Wasserman Schultz said briefly, “Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided.” Geez, Congresswoman, why frame young women as apathetic? It hardly seems that way to me. And asserting so is both inaccurate and a bad strategy for rallying support among an important constituency: young, progressive women.
It should have been an exciting night. Anita Hill and Letty Cottin Pogrebin were scheduled to be in conversation about “Faith, Feminism, Race and the Ties that Bind” under the auspices of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Interfaithfamily.com. But the two women sat in armchairs on the stage of the Levin Theater in Brandeis University’s student center earlier this month, lecturing the audience of 150 or so mostly middle-aged women about feminist history, rather than engaging in the deep conversation I expected to hear.
Have you been witness to men in the workplace behaving unprofessionally and immaturely?
It’s hard to be a feminist in Israel today. You walk around thinking that it should be obvious that women are equal human beings, fully capable of living independent, free lives. But that belief is challenged in every corner of your life, every day.