Women Are Equal But Not Equal
The Dames give props to women doing anything men can do. The Button! in this episode is about an accomplished woman being portrayed as a Frankenstein monster love child leads the Dames to a larger discussion on credit of women's success being given to men they have known.
The Button! surfaced sexism by the Chicago Tribune regarding one of the five women running to be mayor of Chicago. The social media headline on a piece about Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza read, "If Boss Madigan and Rahm Emanuel conceived a daughter, she’d be Susana Mendoza." As Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington puts it, "To portray an accomplished, savvy woman with 20 years in politics as the Frankenstein monster love child of two men is as sexist as it gets."
This leads to a larger discussion: Even though times are changing, some men still credit women's successes to the men they've known and compare everything women do to how a man would do it. As evidence, Kelly shares the story about a progressive man who couldn't seem to speak of a colleague in anything but pronouns and asks the question, "Is a deeply internalized sexism bubbling to the surface now that overt sexism is shamed?"
Women can do anything men can do, but research shows women get far more stressed about doing anything, even when they don't have to. Luckily, there are ways for women to manage stress (besides booze and Xanax) that will improve relationships at work and at home.
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