"A Feminist Fury" Over Michelle Obama's Decision to Scale Back Her Career
Essayist Debra Dickinson writes in Salon today that she is in "a feminist fury" over the decision by Michelle Obama, spouse of the presidential candidate, to "scale back" her high-power career as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals in order to be "a professional wife and hostess" on the campaign trail. Dickinson doesn't blame Obama, or her husband, but she writes that she is heartsick and "blam[es] the world and every man, woman, child and border collie in it who helps send the message that women's lives must be subordinate to everyone else's." She concedes that the cause of electing the first black president is historic and worthy of sacrifice, but she also calls on Obama (if her spouse wins the race) to "go for it and take on a meaningful public policy role," and calls on feminism "to reach out to black women via the contingent of Obama-esque overachievers out there who ought to be chilled to the bone by Michelle's retirement from work of her own."
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