The year was 1981 and I was interviewing for a position as a litigation attorney at one of the largest firms in Dallas. After an entire morning of stress-filled interviews I was looking forward to a more relaxed experience at lunch. I was scheduled to have lunch with the head of the Trial Department. The senior partner had made reservations at his private club which was located on the top floor of the building in which his office was located. After he gave his name to the maitre d' I realized there was something terribly wrong. When the truth was revealed, I understood that the club was a “male-only” club, but they had one special dinning room where women were allowed to join the male members of the club. On this particular day all the tables in that small remote room were taken. The club had tables filling the entire top floor of this building, but only one small room with 6 tables was designated for dinning with women. As if I had leprosy, this private club was unwilling accommodate the legal team planning to have lunch with me. Feeling as if my professional future was in jeopardy, I encouraged the male attorneys in the party to eat without me, but the senior partner whispered in the ear of the maitre d' and within a few minutes we were seated. To my chagrin, we were seated in a room, isolated from the other dinners. The room had no windows, and could have easily been mistaken for a closet. Because the club was unwilling to make an exception and seat our party among the other male diners, we were shunned to this isolated location.
I did accept permanent employment with that firm, and enjoyed a successful career achieving the status of Senior Trial Partner. In the early years of my career male attorneys often underestimated my intellect, which actually proved to be an advantage. One attorney hit me during a deposition. Male attorneys referred to me by outrageous names. The most offensive man I encountered in my 12 years was a judge who called me every week on the phone, making suggestive and lewd remarks. That same judge kissed me in the middle of his court room before all the other male attorneys in attendance. Nothing was said by anyone.
Much has changed over the last 30 years. Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress published a report in the last year, entitled “A Woman's Nation Changes Everything.” Documenting the progress women have made, the report indicates:
1. Women comprise at least half of the nation's workforce.
2. Women say they feel increasingly isolated, invisible, stressed, and misunderstood.
3. By 2009 women have become the primary breadwinners in 40% of American families.
4. By 2009 half of all families rely upon the earnings of two parents and in more than 20% of all families, the mother is the primary breadwinner.
5. Women today earn 60% of college degrees, and half of the Ph.D.'s. http://www.shriverreport.com.
Rick Perry has served as Governor of Texas since December of 2000. The official web site of the Governor indicates Rick Perry has “…stood for Texans' conservative values,…worked to implement a clear vision for…a brighter future. http://www.rickperry.org/about. The transparency of Perry's “vision” has never been more clear than in an upcoming event scheduled to occur in Houston by Perry and his finance chairman, James Lee. Perry sent an invitation to some of his closest, wealthiest friends to attend a “Wild Game” dinner. All of the “friends” invited were men, and their wives were not invited.
” The invitation from Perry's State Finance Chair James H. Lee boasts an all-male host committee and encourages interested men to “share your views” with the Governor during an all-male dinner hour. “We are limiting the crowd so you will have a chance to talk to Rick,” it reads, and notes that after dinner, “wives/significant others join us for Pat Green.”
If the event was a male only event it would be offensive, but Governor Perry has the right to schedule fund raising events that he deems appropriate, and invite only those he deems appropriate. Certainly he is within his Constitutional right to limit his social events to Caucasian Christian men. However the guest list for such an event vividly documents the thought process of the Governor of Texas. Rick Perry must value the views of those Caucasian Christian men invited, but he assumes that the women would only be interested in the entertainment of Pat Green's country and western music.
Perry fails to appreciate the fact that the majority of voters in Texas are women. http://quickfacts.census.gov/q… Maybe Perry was on vacation in November of 2008 when the majority of voters in the election of our President, 35,900,000, were women. Eight million more women than men turned out to support President Obama. Perry obviously doesn't care about the views of the majority of his constituents. He is obviously interested in only the views of the men like himself Perry thinks women are only interested in being entertained by country and western music.
Susan B. Anthony said:
* “The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.”
The only country and western music that I enjoy will be played at the victory party of Bill White in November of 2010.