One of Ferraro’s Time covers in 1984.
In an interview with the Times of London, Ferraro speaks bluntly about the media’s continued sexism in coverage of Gov. Palin.
Ms Ferraro remains angry at the â€œsexist treatmentâ€ of Mrs Clinton by the media. â€œIn New Hampshire, someone put up a sign saying â€˜Iron My Shirtâ€™. Nobody spoke out. Imagine if Hillaryâ€™s supporters had said [to Obama] â€˜Shine my shoesâ€™. Everybody would quite rightly have been jumping on it. Women in politics should not be treated better than men, just fairly.â€
So would Mrs Palin be facing questions about her newborn baby or how she deals with her pregnant teenage daughter if she was a man? â€œDefinitely not,â€ replied Ms Ferraro. â€œMost men get round it by giving that parenting job to their wives.â€ She also said that the Republican vice-presidential nominee â€“ as an antiabortion conservative, liberated without preaching womenâ€™s liberation â€“ was cutting across some of the entrenched positions in Americaâ€™s culture wars.
Issues such as how a largely liberal media dealt with a Republican woman were, said Ms Ferraro, among those that needed to be studied properly once the election was over.
I also remain intrigued by the fact that Ms. Ferraro still refuses to divulge for whom she’s voting. Here’s how she put it to the Times when they asked:
Ms Ferraro, 73, told The Times: â€œI had been hoping I wouldnâ€™t be the last,â€ even though â€“ as a lifelong Democrat â€“ â€œit would be astounding if I did not end up voting for the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket.â€
Yes, it would, and as we’ve seen a lot of astounding things happen these days 🙂
Some have sent me notes that on Hannity & Colmes just yesterday she apparently says she will be voting for the Obama/Biden ticket. Considering in interviews conducted on the same day, including the one I’ve linked to here, she is non-commital about for whom she’s voting, a better analysis would be that she’s still ambivalent. For a party leader (as she should be seen) it must be a difficult time. Heck, it took me 10 years to finally leave the party after I resigned from NOW and knew the Dems were in trouble then. I registered as a Decline-to-State only this past February.
That said, don’t be surprised when you hear Ms. Ferraro issue more ambivalent statements about for whom she’s voting, or more likely, she will say nothing at all. I do think Ms. Ferraro’s vote is very much up in the air. At the same time, I would think odds are she’ll vote for Obama/Biden. I would hope she would reach for her more daring self and have the courage to vote for McCain/Palin.