Women in Politics


04 Mar 2014

Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Talk Oscars and Women in Film 3/3/2014

An article I posted, What the Oscars Tell Us About How Society Views Women, has been getting lots of play and addresses Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett calling out studio heads and filmmakers for keeping women’s stories sidelined — although many play big at the box office.  Jerry and I share our thoughts about the ceremonies, discuss Best Documentary winner “20 Feet from Stardom” and the realities of...

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Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and the Female Libido
28 Jan 2014

Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and the Female Libido

Women represent 53% of the voting electorate.  Vital as it is for Republicans to gain female votes in 2014, their need will reach critical mass in the 2016 Presidential election.  Despite a 100-page RNC post-mortem prescribing greater outreach, rather than heed that advice, today’s Republican Party continues to shoot itself in the foot with offensive remarks and legislative actions that flout their aims. Continued male...

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The Rush to Define Hillary as a Space Alien or the 50-Foot Woman
24 Jan 2014

The Rush to Define Hillary as a Space Alien or the 50-Foot Woman

Republicans fearful of Secretary Clinton contesting for the Presidency in 2016 are falling over themselves to define her early, trotting out tired ageist, sexist attacks while screaming “Benghazi” 24/7.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is their best hope to defeat her.  While he works overtime to tamp down the “Bridge-gate” scandal that threatens his presidential hopes, RNC Chair Reince Priebus and others shout “she’s inauthentic”, she represents the...

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First Female CEO of GM: Trend or Anomaly?
12 Dec 2013

First Female CEO of GM: Trend or Anomaly?

Starting at GM as a teenaged intern and rising to global product development chief, Mary Barra, now 51, has been made the company’s first female CEO.  According to the LA Times, she is now the country’s most powerful woman executive.  While Ms. Barra’s appointment may seem to represent a trend toward female leadership, echoing that of Marissa Mayer at Yahoo and the likely confirmation of Janet Yellen...

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A Hillary Birthday Testimonial from a Longtime Staffer
25 Oct 2013

A Hillary Birthday Testimonial from a Longtime Staffer

Neera Tanden offered a lovely testimonial on Hillary Clinton in Politico entitled “Hillary Is No Quitter.”   Most striking is her discussion of Hillary Clinton’s dedication, kindness to her staff and ability to rebound after difficult setbacks. Clearly, those who have worked with her, and supporters who researched her record, were already well aware of qualities that millions have only just discovered during her tenure as Secretary of State. ...

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Why Were Women Shut Out of the Shutdown Negotiations?
14 Oct 2013

Why Were Women Shut Out of the Shutdown Negotiations?

While there is no guarantee that women in Congress would bring the government shutdown to an end, historically women have a better record of cutting across party lines to forge compromise.  As this picture illustrates, far from having a 19% representation of women at the table — their current average number in the House and Senate — there are 0% at the table.  Hmmm.  Makes a girl think… Per the...

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01 Oct 2013

The Right Move: CNN and NBC Scrap Plans for Hillary Films

The Washington Post reported that both CNN and NBC have cancelled plans to produce films about the life of Hillary Clinton. Charles Ferguson, the CNN film’s director, complained that he was frozen out and neither Democrat nor Republican nor anyone in the Clinton camp would offer him access or help, yet despite his frustration, scrapping these films is the correct decision. It is the right of each candidate to define themselves to...

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26 Sep 2013

Are Republicans Trying to Lose? Will Female Pundits Come to Their Rescue?

The Washington Times’ Wesley Pruden just derided Hillary Clinton for her “occasional” visits to the hairdresser and wrote that while a man of 69 is not out of his prime, a woman being inaugurated at that age is well past her “sell-by” date.  However one feels about Hillary, do Pruden or Republicans like Mitch McConnell, with his recent “Golden Girls” jibes think ageism is a...

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27 Aug 2013

Anita's News for Exciting Changes Ahead as Finlay & Smart (Amicably) Part Ways

Too often, we are encouraged to be viewers and voyeurs instead of powerful, vital entrepreneurs and creative, soulful beings who need to be heard more and to hear more that is of substance.  Please stay tuned to anitafinlay.com.  In the next few weeks, I’ll be launching an expanded, more interactive website and blog, with lots of bling, audio and video.  It will be an exciting place to hang out...

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07 Aug 2013

Visual Vilification: A Tale of Two Hillarys

In the media’s obsession with all things Hillary, no sooner did NBC and CNN announce biopics on the former Secretary of State than the RNC denounced those films as biased infomercials. Republicans are terrified of running against someone with her bona fides and popularity. Cue the negative coverage, as evidenced by the photographs of Mrs. Clinton and RNC Chair, Reince Priebus, in the FOX News’ article, Republicans...

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