Saturday, December 08, 2007

Dr. Deborah King: Play the Hand You're Dealt -- Gender Card and All - Politics on The Huffington Post

I've worked for many women in the gender stereotyped field of archaeology at the local, state and US Federal level and found nothing but competence and expertise, though they are asked to do a very labor intensive job, digging and screening quantities of test excavations as required by law. The former First Lady, now Senator from my state, was named by her mother after Sir Edmund Hillary I read. He visited my third grade class taught by Miss Loman back in 1960 or 1961 and impressed on us at the Wood Road school that we were fortunate to have a school, many in Nepal do not and he returned there to build schools, in a place where materials are in short supply and distances great. I am not saying to admire him is to admire her, one has to admit she has been a good champion of American values. Consider also that the Presidential salary was doubled for our current President who has made twice as much as the former President and Senator's husband, William J. Clinton. He also could have taken what many have done, a position on various business boards (what was Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger on 10s of them, or what was former President Reagan paid for a 15 minute speech in Japan, $1.5 million?) and has instead continued to represent what America can be, an opportunity for people of either gender, race or creed to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

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