I am the youngest of three children and the only male. My sister Elizabeth is a writer and in the middle of her fifth decade, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from a prestigous women's college. My oldest sister, Janice, is by far the smartest of the three. She has the least formal education but has risen to be a leader her peers and the Democratic party in Florida My Mother was equally ahead of the women of her generation. My wife is a literacy specialist, in public education, mother, partner and community leader.
I have been blessed by seeing my powerful women struggling against the biases that have been a part of our male dominated society. I have seen them nurture our communities, raise families, take care of sick family members and still achieve against goals of their making.
This is a story that is playing out everyday, in every town, every city and every state in this great country. But yet we seem surprised and made self-concious by the ascendancy of Pelosi, Boxer and Clinton, and more in the corporate America.
For me, given the example of my sisters and mother, I'm almost ho-hum about the acievement of these women. For me these woman are not the first tier of this leadership but are inheritors of the path set by women like my sisters and mother. Women that will never get open recognition of their achievements.
It is tragically humerous that our mothers and sisters are the people who wiped our asses, cleaned up our vomit and taught us males to be remotely civilized and still they are not trusted to lead our great society.
Pardon me if I yawn when the mobs of pundits talk's about the "firsts" of these women. I say, “are you just now seeing how wonderful our women really are.” To me it is no surprise.