A Woman's Issue: Good, Smart Work


The US Navy has promoted Michelle Howard from vice-admiral to admiral, making her the first female 4-star admiral in its 236-year history, and the service’s new vice chief of naval operations.

Howard graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1982 and was the first black woman to command a ship, and now ascends to the upper echelon military rank in our country.

Isn’t it fantastic?  Doesn’t it make you feel good?  Aren’t you glad to live in a country where 150 years ago Michelle Howard might have been a slave, but today she’s the vice chief of naval operations in the most powerful miliary force on earth?  What a preposterous leap forward, what an amazing individual achievement.

What a country.

As a woman, I’ve had so many quarrels with the Womens Rights Movement over the years, I’ve stopped counting.  From the sexual revolution, to abortion, to taxpayer-funded contraception, to the shunning of women who choose to stay at home with their kids, to Hillary Clinton’s absurd proclamation today that the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision was a “setback for women's rights in general.”

Exactly whose rights is she talking about?  Hobby Lobby’s decision not to pay for abortifacient drugs is a setback for who?  Because a woman can’t get her employer to pay for an abortion drug she’s somehow persecuted?  This is hyperbole to the level of nonsensical.

So I call it what it is:  ridiculous.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who heads the Democratic National Committee said, “it’s no surprise that Republicans have sided against women on this issue as they have consistently opposed a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.”  How does this Supreme Court ruling prevent women from making their own health care decisions?  If you want something done for your own health, here’s a crazy idea:  pay for it yourself, and leave your employer and their religious beliefs out of it.

And how tired am I of high-profile females speaking on behalf of ALL WOMEN, on my behalf?  I’m a woman, and I don’t think anyone sided against me or anybody else’s freedom when Hobby Lobby said they’ll continue, like they always have, to cover 16 out of 20 FDA-approved contraceptives, but won’t cover the 4 that cause abortions.  This isn’t a WOMAN’s ISSUE.  This was a case about Religious Freedom and Abortion, and that it.

So here’s the problem:  we’ve allowed women in public to speak for all women.  We’ve allowed some issues to be called “women’s issues,” and somehow we’ve decided that those are all about having sex whenever we want, getting our employer or the government to pay for all of our birth control, charging men with zero responsibility for us or the children we make with them, and being able to abort whichever of our own children we choose.  

What kind of sick, twisted “women’s issues” are those?  Give me the story of Michelle Howard instead, the first female 4-star admiral in the 236-year history of the US Navy.  She vaulted over racial prejudice, gender bias, and by the way — just did really good, smart work.  

THAT is a women’s issue.

Kathy EmmonsComment