Invisible Women

In These Times published a great commentary on sexism and the risk of buying into illusions of equality.

So here’s the great contradiction of the 2008 presidential campaign: It was all about women, and not about women at all. . .

Women like me celebrate these accomplished women who handle, quite well, jobs previously reserved for men. But ironically, women are now overrepresented as having achieved “it all,” so that the notion that there might be the need for ongoing feminist struggle seems, well, quaint.

Women who earn the median income — $35K for females in 2007 — working-class women and poor women have been erased from the national, public imagination.

In the real world, most women are not doctors, lawyers or TV reporters. What were, in 2007, the top jobs for women? Secretaries, nurses, elementary and middle school teachers, cashiers, retail salespersons, nursing and home health aids, waitresses, maids and housekeeping cleaners and hairdressers.

In These Times