Thursday, June 18, 2009


Looks like the Republicans have been hitting their Faux Umbrage Concern Kits, this time over Sonia Sotomayor’s membership in a women’s club. Over at Pith we’ve got more phony cries of “double standard” in the comments. It would be hilarious if it all weren’t so stupid.

Here’s Congress “man” Marsha Blackburn, promoting her book at the Woman’s Club of Nashville in January:

I’d say Congress “man” Blackburn is also familiar with the Brentwood Woman's Club because she's participated in candidates' forums there. Meanwhile, we have the Nashville Republican Women and the Davidson County Democratic Women.

Woman's clubs all.

Some prominent Nashville business women have also formed the Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club:
In 1985, Lynn May was the only woman in her department of the bank that became Sun Trust. She decided she needed some female friends who worked downtown. Lynn formed the Gang of Four with Suzanne Braden, Patty Bryan and Lucy Owen, and by early 1986 they had founded the Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club.

From the beginning the focus of the club has been on networking, on sharing referrals and customers. Membership nominations are screened to avoid professional competition; the idea is that members use each other’s services.

Then we have the Junior League, a woman’s group that claims 160,000 members worldwide. Here’s their mission:

The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The Junior League touts such famous members as former First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush, and, ZOMG, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

So, the men in the Republican Party are going to say they have a problem with all of this?

Good luck with that.