The First Ever SWIA Award

by Gloria Feldt on July 26th, 2007
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I am mentioned 10 times—more than even Jane Fonda or Betty Friedan–by the anti-feminist Kate O’Beirne in her book Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports, which was endorsed–surprise–by Peggy Noonan, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham, This must mean I am doing something right. With those credentials as well as being an afficionada of Keith Olberman’s nightly “Worst Person in the World” shtick, I have decided to start my own award for the stupidest women in America (SWIAA ™).

O’Beirne, has the hubris necessary to claim the right to worldwide judgment. Humble person that I am, I’m planning to highlight only the stupidest women in America. And because as everyone knows I am inherently biased toward liberals, I’ll let Olberman slide this time.

My first SWIAA™ award goes hands down to Harriet Miers. Miers, the former White House Counsel who was George W. Bush’s obviously underqualified and clearly doomed token female nominee for U. S. Supreme Court who was quickly withdrawn so he could pick the white male Justice he really wanted. She continues to stand by her man with her mouth clamped shut while Congress slaps her around.

The House Judiciary Committee, on July 25, ruled her in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to their subpoena for information related to the use of blatant political influence in the firing of a whole slew of U. S. Attorneys general. These AG’s failed in one way or another to tow the administration’s line.

But Miers is the Tower-in-Chief. She is the always good little girl seeking the big boys’ approval, the woman who meekly does as asked when George W. Bush or his minions do the asking, the unmarried woman who so needs to be part of the hierarchical rightwing male bastion of power that she subordinates herself to men to whom she is not married but is clearly tethered in unholy alliance. These are men, not coincidentally, for whom abrogating women’s Constitutional rights to equality in everything from salaries to sports to reproductive self-determination is just their breakfast cereal.

And what do you bet than faster than Scooter Libby was pardoned, Miers will swing in the wind, with that frozen I’m-a-good-little-girl smile still on her face?

Maybe someday I’ll expand this award to men (SMIAA ™), but since Miers inspired me to start this SWIAA ™ list, I’m going to start by recognizing women like Miers who have no sense of their own best interest. Or perhaps they erroneously think their best interest is in identifying with their oppressors. “Ventriloquists for the patriarchy,” Jane Fonda has aptly called such women.

Miers deserves my first SWIAA™ so much that I am thinking about naming it after her: the Harriet Miers Stupidest Woman in America Award. What do ya’ll think?

Gloria Feldt is the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Buy the book here. Engage Gloria for a Speech or Workshop. Tweet @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Gloria is the co-founder (with Amy Litzenberger) of Take the Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Find them @takeleadwomen and on Facebook.

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