Quote of the Day: State of the Union edition

The Vice President makes our #SOTU drinking games so easy for us

“Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode. This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.”

That Mad Men joke got a lot of applause and social media love last night. And so did the President’s next point, about how women hold a majority of low-wage jobs, and how we must raise the minimum wage.  So who’s going to be the first right wing columnist to jump on the phrase “when women succeed, America succeeds” and denounce the President as a sexist, and claim that the President is waging a war on men? It’s only a matter of time, right?

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Avatar ImageChloe Angyal had “take a shot any time Biden pulls focus” in her drinking game rules last night.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/lacylowrey/ Lacy Lowrey

    I love that Obama is so supportive of women and recognizes the social power that women do and should have. I also think his comments highlight an interesting aspect embedded within the public discourse of gender equality that isn’t mentioned as often: the fact that the way we talk about gender inequality may, in effect, reinforce it.

    For more about this idea, I wrote a blog post about it, which can be found at: lacylowrey.blogspot.com.

    Thanks! Keep up the good work Feministing!