Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sarah Palin: "There's a place in hell reserved for women who don't support other women"

At a flabbergasting event involving the President of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW endorsing Sarah Palin (just in case you were wondering if NOW was still relevant to feminists today, that should basically answer your question), Palin misquoted Madeleine Albright who actually said, "There's a place in hell reserved for women who don't help other women."

She also said,
"And with your help, Shelly [Mandell, President of NOW's LA Chapter], in November, all of us that consider ourselves progressive --you know at the same time we can be conservative-- we're gonna shatter the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America."

From the HuffPo:

The statement came after Palin had recounted a "providential" moment she experienced on Saturday: "I'm reading on my Starbucks mocha cup, okay? The quote of the day... It was Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State [crowd boos] and UN ambassador. ... Now she said it, I didn't. She said, 'There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women.'"

Albright responded to Palin's remarks in a statement to the Huffington Post on Sunday. "Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics. This is yet another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including women. The truth is, if you care about the status of women in our society and in our troubled economy, the best choice by far is Obama-Biden."

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