Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I’m Barbara Edwards and I’m sticking my neck out.

Can you take a little controversy?

I am holding up Sarah Palin as a Woman of Achievement.

Before all you rabid extremists burn my ears, let me tell you I don’t care about your politics. I also admired Geraldine Ferraro for taking on the male political establishment. I also admire Hillary Clinton for her presidential run and Michelle Bachman for hers.

When Sarah Palin’s name came up as the Vice Presidential nominee, my heart exploded with satisfaction. Finally, all those feminist ideals I’d been raised with were coming to fruition. Her party didn’t matter. She broke the glass ceiling that Geraldine Ferraro cracked.

Yippee for women! Hurray for females. Women rock!

So what makes her a Woman of Achievement in my opinion?

She’s a mother. I’m a mother and I know what a full-time job that is.

She graduated from college. Okay, maybe that’s low on the list but my own degree was the result of hard work, not grants, and my less than ivy-league degree as important.

She lives in Alaska, the last true frontier, and is a hunter, and a fisherman. I also can use a rifle and revolver although my fishing skills are limited to catfish and bass.

She married a man who was strong enough to support all her efforts. It took me years to find a man who accepted me and supported my writing.

She became involved in politics to fix a problem and then fixed it. Wow. Achievement. I ran for local selectman and got creamed.

She stood up to every nasty comment that can be thrown at a woman. Having been the object of gossip myself, my heart went out to her. Not fair.

So all of you who don’t like Sarah? Okay. I’ll just delete any nasty remarks. As I said, it isn’t her party I admire. It’s her guts in plowing the road for all the women who will follow. Check your local and state ballots in the coming years and give her the credit she deserves. Sarah took those barbs and arrows first.

She is the woman the sixties feminists shouted we all could be. And in my heart of hearts I envy her for all she’s done, including writing a best seller.    

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Jerri Hines/Carrie James-Haynes said...

Wow! Barbara, you ran for selectman! I would never in a million years try politics. I'm way too sensitive. Love your passion for what you believe in. I'll give you that it is extremely hard for women in politics or anyone for that matter today. It's not an easy road and you're not going to make everyone happy unless you happend to have a magic wand handy.

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks, Jerri, for understanding my point. Being out there painted a target on Sarah's back, but she achieved something for us all.

Jannine Gallant said...

I agree that Sarah Palin is tough and driven; you have to be to dip your toe in politics today. She dove right in. So in that sense I agree she is a woman of achievement. Enough said!

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks, Jannine. Two things not to discuss at a family dinner: religion and politics. Nice catch!

Laura Breck said...

Interesting post, Barbara! We'll have to have a chat some day. LOL!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Barbara,
That is a very interesting blog on Sarah Palin, I am afraid out here in Australia, she didn't get very good publicity. We have a female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and she is getting terrible publicity too. I think a lot of people hate to see a woman succeed in politics.


Vonnie Davis said...

Kudos to YOU, Barbara for all you've accomplished and for all the marvelous things you've yet to do.

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks for the comments. I know any kind of politics is a hot button, but it doesn't pay to ignore current events.