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The Day the Matriarchy Came to Power
May 31, 2006
by Carey Roberts

It was a bloodless coup. It happened under the penumbra of the law. In fact chief justice William Rehnquist presided at the event. The date was January 20, 1993.

The recent November elections had announced the Year of the Woman, with Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Carol Moseley Braun, and Patty Murray all sweeping into the U.S. Senate.

Everyone knew the federal bureaucracy was a stronghold for those domineering patriarchs. Obviously that needed to change.

First, equal justice had to be turned into feminist justice. So the Rodham-Clinton co-presidency brought in Janet Reno to direct the Department of Justice. The NOW Legal Defense Fund hailed the dowdy Reno as "a stellar attorney with an extraordinary track record."

Not to be outdone, the Department of Education brought in radical chicana Norma Cantu to head up its civil rights office. Cantu made "proportionality" the only test for Title IX compliance. Ten years later, 80,000 slots for male athletes had been eliminated from more than 350 men's sports teams.

Next, the gender wage gap had to be fixed, so Karen Nussbaum was named director of the Women's Bureau at the Labor Department. With Hillary perched approvingly at her side, Nussbaum issued the "Working Women Count!" report. The study revealed that many working women believe "I do not get paid what I think my job is worth."

Welcome to the real world, ladies.

Over at the Department of Defense, SecDef Les Aspin was given marching orders to clean up the lingering fallout from the Navy aviators' Tailhook fiasco. So just three months after he took office, Aspin issued a historic order: "The services shall permit women to compete for assignments in aircraft, including aircraft engaged in combat missions."

Then the blue-ribbon Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services got into the act. The group opted to extend Aspin's order, pushing for female involvement in submarine crews, Multiple Launch Rocket Systems jobs, and Special Operations Forces. Before long the group - officially designated as DACOWITS - came to be known as "Lack-o-Wits."

With all the liberated single women clamoring for taxpayer-funded husband substitutes, the next order of business was to expand the Nanny State. So Hillary looked to her gal-pal Donna Shalala to head up the sprawling Department of Health and Human Services.

Shalala had earlier turned the Hunter College women's studies program into a radical feminist outpost. Within months of her appointment, Shalala would lend credence to the porker about medical research being conducted from the "white male point of view."

But Hillary's greatest obsession was the promotion of international feminism. So she leaned on Bill to nominate Madeleine Albright to the United Nations ambassador post.

During her stint at the U.N. and later as Secretary of State, Albright was a tireless advocate for abortion on demand. Hitting all the right notes, she once claimed, "our voluntary family planning programs serve our broader interests by elevating the status of women, reducing the flow of refugees, protecting the environment, and promoting economic growth."

The U.N. had slated its Conference on Women to be held in China in September 1995. Albright was named to chair the U.S. Delegation, and Hillary Clinton was tabbed to deliver the keynote speech Afterwards, president Clinton created the President's Interagency Council on Women. The Council's mission was to "follow up on U.S. commitments made at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women" - meaning that whatever promises Albright had made during her Beijing junket should now be imposed by fiat on the rest of us.

The high-flying Council was headed by the triumvirate of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Donna Shalala. Meeting monthly, reps from all the top-level federal agencies were instructed to implement the Beijing Platform for Action.

One of the Council's Work Groups was tasked to "develop procedures that ensure the integration of a gender perspective into the policies and operations of government so that different impacts on men and women may be determined and inequities addressed." That's fem-speak for "pressure the male geezers to retire, so women can come in and run the show."

Sure enough, from 1994 to 2002 the number of male professional workers in the federal government fell by 17%, while the number of female employees actually rose. Laws such as the Violence Against Women Act and the Gender Equity in Education Act were enacted. The federal government was soon beholden to a far-reaching array of programs designed to promote the socialist agenda of the U.N. Conference on Women.

And that's how a feminist cabal overthrew the entrenched federal Patriarchy in eight short years.

Carey Roberts has been published frequently in the Washington Times, Townhall.com, LewRockwell.com, ifeminists.net, Intellectual Conservative, and elsewhere. He is a staff reporter for the New Media Alliance.

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