From the Huffington Post, of all places:
22 women have written a letter to a museum protesting an award to Former First Lady Bush. The award, the Alice Award, is to honor a woman for advancing women. This year’s recipient is the Former First Lady.
I can’t decide if the 22 protesting women are ignorant or mean spirited — or worse, both. (I would love to know what each of the 22 has done for women!)
Author Greta van Susteren then goes on to detail a number of ways Laura Bush has helped women’s causes, among them:
- Many trips to the Middle East to promote breast cancer awareness (beginning long before she was the first lady;
- Hosting literacy events;
- Public and private work connecting struggling Afghan women with successful American businesswomen to mentor them in starting their own businesses;
- Speaking at the UN about the plight of Burmese patriot Aung San Suu Kyi, who was still under house arrest at the time.
Van Susteren makes it a point to stress that this is NOT, nor should it be, a partisan award.
This blog posting is not a Republican/Democratic issue. Breast cancer hits women of both parties. I know Democratic women with it and Republican women. Likewise… literacy is not a partisan issue. It is a human rights issue — you can’t get along in life if you can’t even sign your name.
These are projects Mrs. Bush has been pushing for years….
Frankly, she is not like the 22 women who took a pot shot at her. She likes to help. She is decent in that way. She was using her platform (and continues to do so) to help women who desperately need and needed help. She did it because she gives a damn…
The only partisan aspect… (is) the 22 women who signed the letter and lack the decency to step back from their mean spirited partisanship and just look at the FACTS. Facts matter.
Wow. This is wisdom. Frankly, I can’t really imagine a group of women of any stripe filing a complaint because a liberal-leaning woman won such an award. To my mind, if the Sewall-Belmont House Museum wanted to give the award to Dora the Explorer, I’d say they’re within their rights…it’s their award to give. This is a very encouraging commonsense point of view. I hope the 22 (who include Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder of the National Organization for Women) take it to heart.