February 24, 2019

LET'S FACE IT...:

The suspiciously sexist views of Amy Klobuchar's management style, explained (Laura McGann, Feb 24, 2019, Vox)

It would be out-of-line for a typical boss to ask an employee to clean her lunch utensil. But a senator's job isn't typical. Her life is carefully choreographed and over-scheduled so she can run around Capitol Hill to hearings and press conferences and travel back-and-forth to her home state for appearances and meetings, town halls, campaign speeches, fundraisers and TV hits. Female senators are under more pressure than male colleagues to look their best.

The result is that staffers aren't working a typical job, even for the Senate. The aides to female senators make sure their boss is 360° ready, from being briefed, to fed with low-cal foods while traveling, to spotting salad-dressing stains on her blazer. That's not to say they are servants. A Senate ethics rule bars lawmakers from requiring staff perform "personal duties," which could, arguably, mean no picking up dry cleaning. But what about wiping off a comb before an event? Hard to say.

Most of the former staffer complaints fall into a couple of categories. A lot of the described incidents are connected to the extra tasks involved in working for a female politician.

...they're women so they need special accommodations, including not being expected to act decently?  Is that really where we are in 2019? 

Posted by at February 24, 2019 1:58 PM

  

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