This Week in American Women: Ketanji Brown Jackson, Karen Berg, and Madeleine Albright

Despite what history (and some men) may say, women are resourceful, intelligent, and more than capable. We just need the opportunity to prove ourselves.

Last week, America lost one of her giants in both history and politics. Madeleine Albright passed away at the age of 84. Appointed to the role of Secretary of State by former President Bill Clinton in 1997, she was the first woman to hold that position. Born to Holocaust survivors who fled Soviet-era Czechoslovakia in 1949, she did not learn that her family was Jewish until she was in her golden years. She will be remembered not just for the crack she left in the glass ceiling, but for her fight for peace and understanding between the nations.

May her memory be a blessing. Z”L

For the last week or so, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been grilled by members of Congress in regards to her potentially taking over the seat of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer when he retires at the end of this term. Judge Jackson is more than qualified for the position. To say that some members of the Republican Party have been outrageous in their conduct towards her is an understatement. Instead of asking genuine questions about her work experience, they are once more appealing to their base by picking at literal straws.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, the subject of abortion has come up again in the cruelest of manners. Standing up for women and other possibly pregnant persons is State Senator Karen Berg. As the only female and the only doctor on the committee, she pointed out how ridiculous and dangerous (starts at 40:51) the limits on abortion are.

It’s time that we listen not just to these women, but to all women. We have voices, we have opinions, and it’s about dam time we are given our due.


Fascism: A Warning Book Review

Madeleine Albright knows a things or two about fascism. She escaped fascist Czechoslovakia twice during her youth and was Secretary Of State under the Clinton administration in the 1990’s.

Her new book, Fascism: A Warning, examine fascist governments/leaders, past and present. She examines how they came to power, the means they used the control the citizens of their respective countries and how these governments/leaders forever changed the history of their respective countries.

The one thing that struck me about this book is that despite the various countries over the years who have succumbed to fascism, the story is the same. A new leader appears on the scene. He is charismatic and knows exactly what to say to get into power. Once in power, this leader subverts the democratic rules and norms until they are no more. Often, this leads to persecution, destruction and execution of those who are deemed to be dangerous or different.

Ms. Albright is also not shy about pointing about the potential fascist leader in Washington DC who, if allowed, could destroy the American democracy as we know it to be. This book is a dire message to all American citizens. Americans must act now and use our voices and our votes before it is too late.

I absolutely recommend it.

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