Those of you who subscribed early on in this series will remember GenderGappers' 1997-010 Bury Them Deep And They Didn't Exist. This article told how men have systematically, through the centuries, devalued and destroyed women and their abilities by wiping out their accomplishments and excluding them from men's history. We say men here because women were not generally educated or allowed to contribute to written history until this century. They did keep private records for this century's women scholars and archaeologists to find and publish.
During the 1990s, we have been witnessing a despicable attempt to kill and bury a women who is not even dead. More than anyone else in our present day, this woman has exemplified the SELF DEFINED WOMAN. She fortified and extended our belief that women are intelligent, courageous, trustworthy, strong, capable and human. She also threatened the establishment, scared the hell out of Congress and changed the image of the Executive Branch of our government.
As our First Woman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, celebrates her 50th birthday with the media, critical as usual, accusing her of having "hidden herself away," implying guilt, we hold up her image with pride and ask, "who are the attempted murderers?" There are many.
Interestingly enough, there is a book just out by a "D.C. society hostess," Sally Quinn, who readily admits that (she) "...helped kill Hillary Rodham Clinton because [Hillary] mapped her own course as First Lady instead of asking D.C. society mavens like herself for advice."
She claimed that this was reprehensible and went on to say that Hillary was also responsible for many of the blows she received because she "acted as a lighting rod for the President."
Then there was, and still is, the immense contribution of the hate-radio hosts and their groupies. They were aided and abetted in heaping vitriolic accusations against Hillary by radical right ministers such as Falwell and Roberts as well as pond scum like Leddy and Limbaugh. These groups supplied books and tapes which accused her of such things as killing Vince Foster and holding lesbian orgies in the White House.
Hate-radio groupies avidly listen to the tapes and books, then call in to tell the radio audience that all of this is absolutely true. Lee Atwater's advice was never so well taken and performed. Repetitive accusations took their toll on the ongoing popularity polls so loved by the media so she, in effect, was forced to retire (excluded) from the Clinton re-election campaign.
Helping all this hate along was Al D'Amato and his Congressional Committee along with special prosecutor, Kennie Starr, aided and abetted by the Washington Press Corps. The electorate, us, were constantly told that "proof would be found in the form of a smoking gun that would show the First Woman to be a crook."
Sure, ostensibly they were going after the President, but when they couldn't get him, they hoped to sling enough mud at Hillary so it would come off on Bill.
And finally, the real culprits that contributed most to this attempted murder -- US!!!. Nearly all of us women who should have been right up front to support and defend this innovative leader just either turned our back on her, criticized her or ignored her. We reverted to the ancient programming instilled in us over thousands of years by men who demanded our complete attention and loyalty.
Women were and still are brainwashed and cut off from each other. We are taught to hate, be jealous of and distrust other women. We should be ashamed of ourselves for abandoning her BECAUSE SHE NEVER ABANDONED US.
Because of a media that viciously hounded her every step, she worked quietly, and mostly behind the scenes, to assure human rights for women all over the world. Oh yes, now we remember the fantastic speech she gave in China, right? -- and more recently in South America?
She worked with women in other countries and in this country to raise the standard of living for them and their children.
She wrote a best seller, It Takes A Village and put ALL (that's 100%) of the profit from that book into children's charities and help groups.
We know she influenced and supported our President so he would continue to veto the anti-choice bills that Congress passed. We have seen her hand in the appointment of many women to high offices in the President's cabinet and in the appointment of judges, commission heads and many other positions.
Since her popularity polls are now indicating the highest levels since 1993, we believe that more and more women have removed the traditional blinders from their eyes and are taking another look at who she is and what she has done.
Too bad we had to waste all those years when we could have had a highly visible, erudite champion dedicate to our struggle for equal human rights leading us from the side of the highest office in our land.
Happy Birthday, Hillary.
We hope that your next 50 years will return to you the long withheld thanks from a grateful country and its womankind.
Copyright 1997 Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague, Ph.D. These articles may be republished for noncommercial use only, provided that they are copied intact, and that this copyright notice is attached. Address all queries to: TWANDA@ConnRiver.net.
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