You Never Really Hear About Mitt Romney’s Ankles

by Gloria Feldt on July 10th, 2012
in Leadership, Media, Politics, Power, Women & Politics and tagged , , , , , ,

OK, I admit it: when I wrote about the sitcom Veep, I fretted over the less than buttoned up wardrobe that the first female vice president character, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, wears.

I’m looking forward to seeing the USA Network new series on  Political Animals to see how they portray the Hillary-esque main character played by Sigourney Weaver.  So much pop culture, so little time, and meanwhile a serious election is going on!

Recently when I talked with Americas Radio News network about how the media treats women candidates, I had a chance to say more about this fraught topic.

And the Women’s Media Center blog posted this review of my America’s Radio News podcast.

In the wake of hints from the Romney presidential campaign that it may be considering a woman for the vice-presidential slot on the ticket, Women’s Media Center board member Gloria Feldt was on America’s Radio News Network to talk about media treatment given to female political candidates, and what kind of effect it may have on other women considering a run.

Says Gloria, “Women’s physical appearance and their sexuality is so often the first thing that you hear about, before you hear about what they believe about issues, or how they’ve voted on important legislation… We heard about Hillary’s ankles, her turquoise pantsuit, we heard about her hair, we heard about her cleavage, but how much did we hear about what she really thought about the issues. That’s the thing.”

ARNN co-host Molly Paige responds, “That’s true, you really never hear about Mitt Romney’s ankles.”

 The review of the America’s Radio News podcast was written by Michelle Kinsey Bruns and was published on the WMC blog.

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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