Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy Anniversary

I can't think of too many other women I would choose to help me celebrate the 90th anniversary of the day women won the right to vote than Ellen Goodman. That's why I was both surprised and delighted to find her coming out of "retirement" to write a guest column for her former employer, the Boston Globe. She proves yet again that snark isn't just for breakfast, but it sure is a heckuva fine way to start the day.

Once more we celebrate suffrage by giving out the Equal Rites Awards to those who done their best over the past 12 months to set back the cause of women. ...

...The winners of the Backlash Trailblazer Award are the producers of “Fly Girls,’’ a reality show on flight attendants reminding us of the bad old days when airlines offered “coffee, tea or me” and sold seats with sly ads saying, “Fly Me, I’m Cheryl.” We were going to going to send them a pink slip, but the CW network beat us to it.

Now to the Prize for Marketing Ms.-haps. What day of the month did the men at Apple come up with the name iPad? What more proof that they need more women employees? There’s an app for that.

Yet we know, Sisterhood is (Not Always) Powerful. That citation goes to California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, who trashed her opponent, Senator Barbara Boxer, by saying, “What is that hair? So yesterday.’’ Our citation, suitable for framing, says “Cattiness — so yesterday!”

But Carly’s bad hair day was not as bad as Colorado’s Ken Buck foot-in-mouth wear. He wins the Post-Feminist Booty Prize for telling women to vote for him for US Senate rather than his Republican primary opponent Jane Norton because “I do not wear high heels.’’ He went on to boast that they have real bull [manure] on them. You betcha.
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Ms. Goodman lists several other awards, all of them richly well-deserved, including one for the Vatican. Check it out.

Ellen, I've missed you. Thanks for dropping by on this very important date.



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