September 26 2009
A Delicate Balance
Originally published in the Weekly Standard
Volume 015, Issue 03
Somewhere between Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" and today, the modern feminist movement came to be defined by a legislative wish list. "Hear me roar" no longer; hear me demand a government handout. Government legislation such as the FMLA, Lily Ledbetter Act, and Paycheck Fairness Act has become the leading source of power for women--or at least for women's organizations.
But Reddy's song might be ready to make a comeback, according to the authors of Womenomics, a self-help guide for professional women trying to balance high-powered careers with everyday life. Senior national correspondent for Good Morning America Claire Shipman and BBC Washington Correspondent and news reader Katty Kay tell us, without qualification, that "women have power" and that it is, in part, because we now occupy vital positions "in numbers too big to ignore."
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