Posts tagged ‘milestones’

September 8, 2010

3 Female SCOTUS Justices Make SCOTUS 1/3 Female

by V
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via Fox News and Flickr

That’s right, once Elena Kagan was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, the court officially had three sitting female justices  for the first time in history.

Change.org has a short, but good, article about this very fact from back in August when Kagan was confirmed.

Elena Kagan made history just a few minutes ago when she was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court. Not only is she the fourth woman ever to serve in that august office, her place on the bench makes today the first time in history that we have three female Supreme Court Justices sitting at one time.

Read the rest of that article here.

This is something that all women need to take note of. This is something that is awesome, and something that we’re all seeing for the first time–something we might never have seen in our lifetime. More and more firsts, things that we  thought were pretty far off in coming, have happened in our lifetimes while many of us are still young. While many other women are still just girls, still just children, babies, or have yet to be born. This is a milestone, and it is paving the way for other women to follow in the footsteps of these justices and to traverse their own paths toward equality.

No matter how often our opponents change the position of the goalposts, change the height of the bar, we will rise to meet it. And one day, hopefully within our lifetimes or within the lifetimes of those just being born now, the glass ceiling will be irreparably shattered for all women.

We aren’t there, yet, not by a long shot, but we shouldn’t become disheartened. Milestones like this one do happen and will continue to happen, and each one moves us just a little closer to our goal of equality.  We are closing the gap, even if it isn’t as fast as we would like. We will get there.

September 4, 2010

Thank You for Ten Years of Awesomeness

by special correspondent
Yellow!

This isn't him, his hair was WAY brighter.

Dear Scott,
(aka, highlighter head, Apollo’s Beard, man with two or fewer brain cells…)

We have debated writing or sending you this letter for a very long time. Ten years, in fact.

Each time we thought we should send you this letter, we were put off by the thought that your obnoxious self would read it. But the older and more awesome our friendship grew, the more we realized we couldn’t let your stupidity get in the way of our gratitude.

You see, we need to thank you for being the catalyst of our friendship. It was you, ten years ago, who brought us together.

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August 7, 2010

Congrats, Elena Kagan!

by subterfusex

via the WikiMedia Commons

Yesterday, Elena Kagan assumed her position as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. She is the fourth woman to do so, and will be the third woman to sit on the current court, along with Sotomayor and Ginsberg.

If you’re pro-woman — regardless of your political views — you should take a moment to be happy. 51% of the population is female. The court has made a bump from 22% to 33% female. One third is insufficient, but it’s a sign that the times, they are a-changin’.

If you lean to the left, you can also be happy that Kagan likely  lean that way most of the time. The man she is replacing, John Paul Stevens, has been an advocate for the hard left, so this may represent a loss on a court that is already very conservative and pro-corporations.

The hard Right has much to dislike about her. She is a working woman who has achieved a great deal of success and power. She has never married, and has no children. She is Jewish (one of eight to serve on the Supreme Court). There is speculation that she may be gay, but no confirmation. Clearly she is everything the Christian Right despises.

So, what are her views on the issues critical to women? Alas, the SCOTUS confirmation process doesn’t always help us to determine such things. Kagan has done a pretty good job of playing her opinions close to the vest.

She told Bill Clinton to ban late-term abortions, as a political compromise.

She supports state rights to not recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. “During her solicitor general confirmation hearing, she said that “there is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage.” Also during her solicitor general confirmation, Kagan was asked about the Defense of Marriage Act, under which states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. She said she would defend the act if “there was any reasonable basis to do so.”[46]” (Wikipedia)

She may not be a feminist’s dream. She may take positions we consider contrary to progressive interests. Yet she’s a woman making her own way in the world, who doesn’t feel the need to kowtow to anyone’s rules. That includes our own expectations.

So let’s all enjoy this victory for a few minutes. It’s a big one, and a portent of more good things to come.

July 31, 2010

NaBloPoMo July–Success!

by subterfusex

We are officially NaBloPoMo winners! National Blog Posting Month is a challenge to post every single day during a given month, inspired by NaNoWriMo. As a way of forcing ourselves to maintain momentum, we signed up for July.

We suspected it would be the two of us, D and F, hastily posting ‘Oops, sorry’ posts at ten to midnight, only to give up halfway through the month. Instead, amazing things have happened.

The Peeps, they make us happy. Political affiliation not withstanding. // via Flickr user VictoriaBernal

We have over 2000 hits for the month, which is wonderful for a teensy little start-up. We made 87 posts, averaging almost three posts per day. We have a solid stable of contributors, with more in the pipeline. Questions are being asked and debate is happening in the comments. We are ecstatic at how far we have come in such a short time.

For all that, we never really addressed the NaBloPoMo theme for July, which is “saved.” So lets open up the comments and take a crack at everything a word like ‘saved’ can imply.

Here’s to an even more excellent August!

July 18, 2010

101 Ways to Say “I Give A Shit”

by subterfusex

via Flickr by Jesse Menn

This is post #101 of Subterfuge. We are freaking exited. Here are some more very cool numbers.

222 days since Subterfuge began

14 days since moving to WordPress

1,079 total views since moving to WordPress

Top 5 posts:

3 posts for our favorite Gratuitous Man Pic-Subject: Isaiah Mustafa

13 posts tagged “gender roles

35 posts in the “womens issues” category

34 posts in the “confessional” category

3 recurring contributors

2 incredibly happy editors

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