Although the cause of feminism has made significant advances during the last eight years, much of the Obamas’ work falls under that hard-to-define second-wave tactic known as ‘consciousness raising.’
Statistics are often too slow-moving for this type of political action to be appreciable. And yet, calling a national summit on the state of women and penning a confessional feminist essay in Glamour Magazine seem good indicators to me that our 44th president successfully heightened the national consciousness. But in the wake of Hillary’s defeat I’m reminded that the number of women in US politics is embarrassingly low when compared with other industrialized countries — and also reminded that female leaders are often referred to by their first names while men, more often than not, by their family names. Our sensationalized morning headlines promise us that the glass ceiling is as impenetrable as its ever been.