The Closer, Stupidity, and Rachel Ray Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
On the cover of the Oct 15 edition of Newsweek, you will see the Big Bold eyecatching phrase “Women & Power” with a photo of a female senator, a female Editor in Chief, and Rachel Ray. I am not sure why this strikes me as so completely mismatched, but if Rachel Ray is considered women of power wouldn’t that mean Angelina Jolie or Brittany Spears are equally as powerful? Perhaps it’s the context in which power is used that rubs me wrong, or maybe its the ridiculousness within the magazine. Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer) was included within the articles “essay” examples of more powerful women, a quote from her (no joke); “I truly believe if women ran the world we would have no wars.”
Perhaps this could have been titled, “Women who feel powerful”, or “Some women feel powerful - just because”, or “Another chance to use women and power in the same sentence”. On the brink of attending a woman’s leadership conference, I am personally attuned to the topic as whole, so maybe I am scrutinizing things too much. In this case, I really think Newsweek missed the mark entirely. Interesting women perhaps, famous women even, unless they were touting “personal empowerment of people lacking the Y chromosome”. But even so, Kyra is great example of empowered but in need of a reality check.
Arianna Huffington Cofounder and editor in chief, The Huffington Post, claims that ”Women still have an uneasy relationship with power…”, and I tend to think that’s true to some degree. However, I don’t think that is any different for men. When it comes to things that wield power, they in turn yield responsibility. People in general have to find their own personal balance with that, and while the beam upon which to do so may be a different color, or a different brand, the requirement of finding it doesn’t discriminate.
Someone in my same field, also within a large corporation, works in an environment where the upper management is predominantly female. I work in an environment where the opposite is true. In fact, there 2 women in my direct area of focus, including myself, and no female with 5 steps of vertical separation. Both of us have the same struggles with ultimately the same goal of a successful rewarding career.
Get past it. Achieving any goal is a individually sculptured plan of will, work, and sacrifice. I look around me, within my career and society as a whole, and I see the exact same opportunities and commonitions as I would if I had some extra junk in the trunk. My point is, people may discriminate - as a whole, but power doesn’t, and process doesn’t. I want to read about, learn about, and be part of the idea that empowered people don’t have a gender qualification and neither does discrimination. For the love of God Kyra, your statement about women running the world is just stupid, stupid, stupid and any inclination you may have to cry ”minority!”, I promise you, would based only on your ignorance, not your genitals.