Yea, it’s really about the optics and their extremely defensive response to it. I’m OK with male allies speaking, it’s not that so much that bothers me – or even that it’s Bernie (he wouldn’t be my first choice, but that’s simply my personal opinion). I think Ted Lieu would be an excellent choice too – he has a strong and active voice in supporting the ERA, as well. They did a decent amount of damage to their reputation, in a very short time…which is terrible, unfortunately.
I’ve done some reading since this all happened as a fresher about the first ever Women’s Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848. An interesting fact: there were men who attended the convention, but were not allow to participate until the 2nd day and were asked to remain silent in the back the entire first day (even in 1848!).
Also, I find it odd that they invited several “top women leaders” including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kristin Gillibrand and Hillary Clinton – and none were able to make it because of scheduling conflicts. I feel like at least, one of them would have made the time to make it, since we are billing it as such a landmark event. (Also, Hillary will be in Ann Arbor, MI just a few days before the convention…)
Sunday’s Update from the Women’s March was a little bit better than the initial response