Sewall-Belmont House is a museum dedicated to advancing women and every year they honor a woman for that purpose. Past recipients include Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. This year, the board picked former First Lady, Laura Bush, but feminists across the country are hopping mad and twenty-one of them sent a letter of protest to the current board. One of the many prominent feminist signatories, Sonia Pressman-Fuentes, a former board member of the museum and co-founder of NOW (the National Organization of Women), says, “It’s not partisan. I’m not complaining that she’s a Republican. I’m complaining that she’s never done anything for women to get this award.”
Apparently speaking out against the subjugation and abuse endured by Afghani girls and women means nothing if it doesn’t include a plan to bring free birth control to the victims. And using her platform as a First Lady to bring global awareness to the plight of Muslim women during trips to the Middle East or as Mrs. Bush did in a touching op-ed for the Washington Post doesn’t count as “advancing women” for the abortion-obsessed feminist enforcers at NOW.
Sewall-Belmont House Museum took an important step toward expanding the definition of feminism. But until the old guard in ivory towers and the board rooms of NOW catch up, young, successful women will continue to perceive the feminist movement as an irrelevant blast from the past.