Amy Siskind

Amy Siskind is the President and Co-Founder of The New Agenda, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.

Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker, and CNN’s Tilt Toward Misogyny

2010 July 3

There must have been some major high-fiving when CNN announced that Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker would be taking over Campbell Brown’s 8 p.m. slot. High-fives between Bill O’Reilly and his producers, and Keith Olbermann and his producers.

By featuring these two individuals, CNN appears to be a network that has lost track of the sensitivities and sensibilities of its female audience. And, on the back of the bevy of female departures from CNN this year, one has to wonder, does CNN has a woman problem?  read more…

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Why the ‘Pro-Women’ Movement Should and Will Replace Feminism

2010 June 7

Nikki Haley and Sarah Palin

Ever since Sarah Palin gave a speech to pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, a firestorm has erupted over whether Susan B. Anthony was pro-choice or pro-life. What we do know is that Anthony and other women suffragists battled for decades to gain the right to vote. The fruit of their labor would be the Fifteenth Amendment, granting African American men the right to vote in 1870. Of course, Anthony was buried by the time women’s suffrage finally arrived 50 years later.

I, for one, would like to see a woman president (not 50 years from now) and gender equality in my lifetime.

But the current rendition of “feminism” will never get us there. The construct is divisive, proactively exclusionary and openly hostile toward women of different ideologies. Achieving gender equality is impossible in a framework where some women are viewed as less equal.

Fortunately, there is another option. read more…

Sarah Palin and the Feminist Revival

2010 May 18

A month ago, The New Agenda called on Sarah Palin to embrace her gender in an op-ed at The Daily Beast. And did she ever.  Talk about stand and deliver!!!

Three days later, Palin was out stumping for Rep. Michele Bachmann, proclaiming: “Someone better tell Washington that that pink elephant is on the move…”  read more…

Anyone Still Think the Democrats are the Party of Women?

2010 April 7

This is simply appalling! For any women still thinking that the Democratic Party is the party of women, read on…

Politico is reporting that in Hawaii’s special-election scheduled for May 22, the DCCC is actively trying to defeat a Democratic woman running for an open congressional seat – State Senator Colleen Hanabusa!

hanabusa _blog_leiIt’s fact that only16.8% of our congressional seats are held by women – an abysmal figure to begin with. And chances are high that this number will go down in November 2010 since many incumbent women running are Democrats who are now especially at risk thanks to the passage of health care reform. So the DSCC trying to take out a woman candidate seems, well….odd.

It gets worse – not only is Sen Hanabusa a Democrat and a woman – she is also:

The first woman to preside over the State Senate of Hawaii;


The first Asian American woman to preside over a state legislative chamber in the entire United States!!!

But, the DCCC wants to take her down and get behind Rep. Ed Case – you guessed it, a white male – we apparently don’t have enough of those in Congress! The good news, Ed’s got a spiffy slogan: “A Better Way Forward.” “Better” because he won’t be like those pesky women in congress that gave President Obama and Speaker Pelosi a tough time on health care reform!

Politico reports: read more…

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