As anyone who has looked at the Internet in the last few weeks probably knows, March is Women's History Month. Alongside that, you've probably seen the stories currently surrounding former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Clinton has come under fire because of her decision to use personal email for State matters. While I understand and appreciate the need for transparency in these official capacities, I take issue with this entire scandal for several reasons.
First and foremost, Hillary Clinton is, arguably, the most powerful woman in the world. Being such means that, unfortunately, she is almost completely powerless. Why do I say this, you may ask?
How can a woman who has been First Lady, a senator, the Secretary of State, the author of multiple best-sellers and a champion for women's rights be made powerless?
We live in a society where many men are distrusting of their female counterparts and many women are not only non-supportive, but also downright vicious to their female peers.
I know and happily acknowledge that this does not pertain to all people and not even all people in politics, but, unfortunately, our culture still looks through this peephole.
Here's how I know this to be true: Every newspaper, tabloid and headline currently boasts some new information about Clinton's "email scandal," but none are reporting on the fact the she, Melinda Gates and Chelsea Clinton hosted "Not There Yet: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality" on Monday, March 9.
Now, said event is far more interesting and newsworthy than whether or not Hillary Clinton chose to delete her DSW Rewards emails.
Surely, her Sur la Table newsletter on Mediterranean culinary classes doesn't have any bearing on Benghazi? Could an email of dog photos from a friend truly sway the 2016 election?
Of course it couldn't. Yes, I am playing devil's advocate, but for good reason. Any organized person will tell you it's better to streamline communication and tasks so things don't fall into chaos.
For a woman who does as much as Hillary does, it is logical to consolidate her communications. Colin Powell has even come forward to say he used personal email while acting as Secretary of State. Have his emails been subpoenaed? Of course not.
For the number of political scandals that happen on a regular basis, it's easy to argue the Clintons have received far more scrutiny for any of their missteps.
The perfect example of this came from the GOP when they stated that, should Hillary run for president in 2016, any of her husband's "wrongdoings" are up for discussion.
Just so we're clear, the GOP wasn't referring to Bill's "political wrongdoings;" rather, they were directly referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Is it possible that so many years later they are completely fixated by the fact an acting president got a blowjob? Or, worse still, that his wife's numerous and exceptional accomplishments are deemed so inconsequential, that's the only matter about which they want to talk to her?
Everyone can make mistakes, and I believe they can be atoned for, but in the case of Secretary Clinton, she is being crucified, no matter how much she complies.
There is no doubt in my mind that if Hillary Clinton turned over every single email and there was a personal email on the benefits of getting more Vitamin D, she would be lambasted from here to Timbuktu for wasting the time of the federal investigators.
So, why have I subjected you to this rant today? It is my hope that you see the ridiculous parade this is and how it is ultimately overshadowing the issues that do not just need, but demand national coverage.
This Women's History Month, rather than one more Washington scandal to take up the headlines, let's open the conversation for change that is truly needed.
Email protocol can be one of them, but let me ask this: Did you know it's estimated 27,000 Americans will die because certain states are refusing to expand Medicaid? That's far more than Benghazi and just as, if not more, preventable.
Here are a few more examples to put our first world mentality into perspective:
- The United States of America is only one of nine countries (and the only first world country) that doesn't provided paid maternity leave.
- One in three women will suffer physical of sexual violence.
- Fifty years after Selma, the racial divide is still too large. This means women of color find themselves at even greater risk.
- Women are still underpaid for equal work.
Holding our leaders accountable is incredibly important, but providing safety and equality to all of our citizens should be paramount.
When women like Hillary, Chelsea and Melinda speak, we should stop and listen -- whether you agree with them or not.
Intelligent women who spend their lives working toward the progression of their gender and their nation are to be commended, especially when the track includes far more hurdles for us ladies.
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