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  1. I’m torn here. I agree that what is important about a woman is what she does, not what she looks like. But I’m not sure I agree that men are not judged by their looks as well. Perhaps it’s just not as much as women are?

    What I agree wholeheartedly with is that President Obama has failed to appoint women in high-ranking posts and he has proposed cuts to Social Security that will affect a disproportionate amount of women. Those are both shameful and he should be publicly taken to task. Our country needs to do better … which is why we need a woman president.

  2. Great article. I love it when someone is able to put into words the things I’ve been feeling but unable to express as concisely. I’m really disappointed with Obama’s comments, I expected better from him especially when you consider that he’s a father of 2 girls. Guess we still have work to do toward educating people about this issue.

  3. Twenty years ago I took a woman’s studies course in University. The comment was made that it would take a thousand years for women in our society to gain true equality. At the time I thought the comment was ridiculous – I believed women had made considerable progress and that our generation would be the ones to pioneer the way. In retrospect, I sadly believe that rather than gain ground we have stagnated or even moved back a step. All one has to do is to is look to popular culture – there is even more focus on appearance than ever.
    I am now a middle aged woman and the impact of sexism, ageism and the hyper focus on looks, in spite of my education and achievements, have rendered me, for the most part, invisible. When I was a young woman I felt powerful and believed the accolades I received regarding my achievements were valid. Now I am not so sure. I have to wonder if the fact that I was considered an extremely attractive woman had more influence on how I was perceived than I was willing to admit.

    Your article sums up the fact that sexism continues to have a considerable impact on the lives of all women. It is time for women to stand up and demand change – if not there is little hope for equality, even in a thousand years.

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