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The Heritage Foundation has recently made some bold statements on the topic of Feminism and women in the workplace. Now, wait, I know what you’re thinking. Republicans have finally come around and embraced Feminism in its most complete and modern form. Finally! It only took three generations or so.
Well, I suppose conservatives have changed their views, but it seems this is just a case of de-evolution. The Heritage Foundation has recently found (link) conservative women to put down the cause of Feminists everywhere, get married, and continue archaic gender roles: during Women’s History month, too. Just take writer Mona Charen who said that “It doesn’t interest me whether a person who happens to share my chromosomes sits in the Oval Office. It doesn’t interest me how many women members of the Senate there are,” as well as the statement that she doesn’t partake or celebrate Women’s History month.
The Heritage Foundation bashing continued when Karin Agness, founder of the Network on Enlightened Women disputed Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s popular “lean in” mantra (link) which comes from her TED talk (link), which delves into why there are so few women leaders in business and provides strategies and solutions for the future, while pushing for women to be as aggressive, if not more, than their male counterparts. Agness argued that, “Rather than try to ban words like ‘bossy,'” which Sandberg proposed in her TED talk, “let’s try to promote real leadership skills, like developing a thick skin.” Thick skin? Seems more like a ‘lean back’ attitude to me.
But, if in the microscopic chance that you like what you hear from Karin Agness has to say about women simply “growing a think skin” whenever they are put down for sticking up for themselves and acting in their best interest in a business world dominated by men, then you’ll love her hot-of-the-press novel, “Why Victims of Bullying Should ‘Grow a Pair'”. Look for it on the New York Times bestseller list. Of course, I’m talking about the “Books That Would Be Popular If It Was 1914” list. If you want to read something that’s likely to be on the actual Twenty-fourteen New York Times bestseller list, then I recommend “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will Lead” (link), by Sheryl Sandberg. Winner of the Barnes and Noble’s ‘Best Books of 2013’ award, Lean In goes more in depth to the topics covered in Sandberg’s TED talk. Best Book of 2013? Karin Agness, where you at?