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Gender Debate Initiated By A Tweet By Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

The democrat Senator from New York is famous for her raising her voice in gender related issues. The Senator is a mother of two young boys and has a good healthy marital relationship. Her husband is quite supportive of her in her political ambitions, this family backing allows her to express her observations more explicitly. At the same time it does make her quite oblivious to the problems that others of her gender face who are not so lucky.


One case that readily comes to mind is her role in debate that ensued after she initiated the project “Off the Sidelines”. The project entailed a female empowerment programme based on gender equality. According to her the debate of letting women “having it all” should be changed to “doing it all”. For her seven out of 10 women form the workforce in USA, of which 4 out of ten are major bread earners. Most of them work to sustain their families as them not working wouldn’t allow those families to live their American dream.


Presently, there is a debate on one of her tweets “imagine if half of Congress was women. If all the mayors and governors were women. Imagine what could get done”.


This tweet is perhaps leading trend these days in USA, astonishingly some 75000 people have liked her tweet and incredibly some 21000 have retweeted. Such massive response to one tweet is quite rare so probably this tweet calls for a more detailed gender based discussion. Although for a saner mind, that is occupied this debate is reasonably worthless. Some retweets drew parallel between erstwhile queens to be more aggressive than kings, some emphasized that organizations run and managed were doing better in businesses in terms of return on investments. Similarly, some thought that women were soft and couldn’t be entrusted with more intensive labor jobs.


As this debate progressed the Senator got more and more frustrated as for her women should be allowed to make her career calls, women should be allowed military service just like their male counterparts, the distinctions should be made on capabilities rather than sexual category. 



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