Terry O’Neil does NOW proud

BettyJean Kling

 I know Terry, I helped get her elected and believe me – she is much less radical than her predecessors. She is however, presiding over NOW the National Organization of Women or as it should be named more appropriately, NODW the National Organization of Democratic Women and is therefore obliged to tow the party line. And tow the party line she has as was evidenced by her latest comments this week.

When Terry ran, I had high hopes that NOW , under her leadership, would open up to all women and so those of us who voted for Sarah went to Terry’s side and voted for her over Kim Gandy. Terry the presidency by a slim eight votes and everyone there knew it was the Sarah voters that took Terry over the top. It was no secret , in fact it was the talk of the weekend culminating in the election of  June 20, 2009.

We hoped Terry would remember the moderates who helped put her in and open NOW to all women but apparently the good ol Gals and the single issue ideology that keeps women from uniting has prevented Terry from taking NOW up a notch or back in time to era when the organization’s true goal is to serve and empower all women nationwide.

 My heart skipped a beat when I heard Terry on behalf of NOW come out in support of Michelle Bachmann this week over the Newsweek cover.

“It’s the combination of they snap the photo of her with her eyes very wide – people call it ‘crazy eyed’ – plus that huge label they slap on her as the Queen of Rage,” O’Neill told ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe in a phone interview. “As much as I disagree with everything she stands for, she is a serious viable candidate for the United States presidency and there is no male viable candidate who has ever been treated this way.”

Terry hit the nail on the head, we need more women to run and they will not unless we stand up and force fairness in the media. Men are not treated the same way. Hillary, Sarah,and now Michelle—there is a pattern of sexism preventing women from holding the highest offices.

As of 2011, there were 72 women out of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 17 women out of 100 members of the U.S. Senate. That’s just 89 women, or a mere 16.6 percent. Only 268 women have served in Congress since it was established some 222 years ago.

I applaud NOW for stepping up however, how is it Terry’s job or NOW’s to defeat conservative women?

“The main reason why we would stand up for Michele Bachmann and defend her against these kind of misogynistic attacks is we want women to run for office. Of course my job is to defeat Michele Bachmann and I intend to do so. But good women will not run for office if Newsweek magazine can do this to such a prominent politician and get away with it.” http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/08/the-national-organization-for-women-defends-bachmann-against-newsweek/#ixzz1Ud9M9O6l

Perhaps it is time to change NOW into NODW?

6 Responses

  1. Hi BJ,

    I’m still glad we were there to get Terry elected. It makes me smile when I think of how much the ranting opposition hated us and despised our success. That group would have NEVER stood up for Michelle Bachmann, or any other Republican woman.

  2. Yes -yes yes- I am so glad you wrote. remember how they railed at us and called us Sarah plants?
    We were nothing of the kind but we were there hoping for a NOW that would be more open to ALL women.

    I was so happy to see you and Harriet there. That is 3 of us- I wish the 8 of us would all show up for this blog piece and prove our eight votes but even so – she will not relent and keep her promis to walk shoulder to shoulder with every woman for the sake of all women!

    Still we are represented by a pawlty 16% – and they think there is gridlock in Congress? the greater gridlock is amound women. The greatest number of which are we Independents who no one is speaking for at all. We are the ones left out in the cold while the radical right and radical left keep all women pigeonholed in two distinct camps.

    When NOW started we were all in one camp! When you and I and the other 6 voted – our hope was for unity- what we got was more of the same.

    To date I, believe she attended one major ERA function while at the beginning she promised “ the team … will not rest until women – all women – have equal rights and enjoy parity in every facet of society”

    Most of their letters don’t even broach the subject! Do you know how many ERA proposals have been sent out since she took office? Ask Terry et al for a ratio of ERA to Abortion newsletter appeals during her term. I find it curious that while the Dems had all three houses – Terry O’Neil from Day 1, was not shouting from the rooftops for the ERA.

    I am sorry Linda but all we got was more of the same!

    • True. However, I still think it would have been ten times worse had the BOTS won. I think Terry does “get it”, even if she’s not acting upon it. The other side would have NEVER spoken out for a Republican woman…NEVER!
      I thanked her for doing at least that much on the NOW facebook page under a comment some other woman had written denouncing Terry for speaking up for Michelle and saying how disgusted she was with the event, and that she was cancelling her NOW membership after 40 years. Sooo, I will contribute with a note of thanks for at least trying to speak out for all women…it is a start which I feel has to be acknowledged. I;m sure Terry got MAJOR grief from most of the NOW people, for just that one small statement.

  3. Wow- the fact that anyone would quit over something like this proves how radical the group is.
    Linda – we need to move women forward- I applaud Terry for doing so but she needs to get rid of all those radicals and infuse the organization with WOMEN who care about all women.
    Wouldn’t that be a greater benefit than having radicals who would quite over her rightly standing up for Bachman and all women victimized and prevented from higth offices?
    We can’t allow radicals to speak for all women and certainly can’t allow them to speak for a national organization for All women.

    We need to unite – we are the majority !

    Thanks for the comments and staying in touch- I appreciate you so very much!

  4. BJ and all: I hope our little hiatus was rejeuvenating and that we are refreshed, re-grouped and ready to get back together and focus on this. Women bringing their energy and integrity to bear on a simple, single goal can get this done. We’ve gone through the fire, are tempered and wiser, and have a better sense of who’se with us and who’se just using us. What say we do a show soon?

  5. I am ready willing and able but I must have help an army of 1 is like a tingling symbol and what we need is a symphony.
    I was beginning to sound like a lone voice out there.

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