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OWL Letter to Obama: Administration “Does Not Take Sexism Seriously”

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The White House accepted Alan Simpson’s apology regarding the sexist, demeaning comments he made to Ashley Carson of the Older Women’s League, but apparently the Older Women’s League does not.

Key Graf:

OWL’s members believe that choosing to keep Mr. Simpson as your co-chair sends a message that your Administration does not take sexism seriously and also that you are not concerned about Mr. Simpson’s views regarding Social Security. There are a number of occasions where racial discrimination appeared both within government and elsewhere, and where your Administration acted swiftly and appropriately to correct wrongdoing. Why is one form of discrimination any different from another?

Ouch.

Read the entire letter:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

It is with great disappointment that we received your response to the situation regarding Alan Simpson’s continued co-chairmanship of your National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. I sincerely hope that Mr. Simpson apologized to you for his embarrassing actions and that is why you have chosen to accept his apology and keep him on board. OWL released a statement yesterday that expressed our Executive Director, Ashley Carson’s, gratitude for Mr. Simpson’s prompt apology, but that OWL still wishes to see him resign.

Today is Women’s Equality Day. Last week Carson was the keynote speaker at the Veterans’ Administration celebration of this momentous occasion, and today many of our colleagues are all across the country speaking and celebrating the day that women finally got the right to vote in the United States. It’s been ninety years since women got the right to vote, but sexism still exists in many forms, both subtly and blatantly.

OWL’s members believe that choosing to keep Mr. Simpson as your co-chair sends a message that your Administration does not take sexism seriously and also that you are not concerned about Mr. Simpson’s views regarding Social Security. There are a number of occasions where racial discrimination appeared both within government and elsewhere, and where your Administration acted swiftly and appropriately to correct wrongdoing. Why is one form of discrimination any different from another?

OWL does not accept discrimination in any form – sex, race, religion, socio-economic status, health status and the like.

We appreciate the Women’s Equality Day Proclamation that you released earlier today and will be sending it to all of our members and friends. As you call upon Americans to “recommit themselves to the goal of true gender equality in this country,” it is important that you lead by example. Alan Simpson’s actions do not reflect your vision.

We have supported your efforts to reform health care and have been there to support any and all of your efforts that result in improvements to the lives of women as we age. Therefore, we respectfully request that you reconsider your decision to keep Alan Simpson in such a prestigious and important position
under your leadership.

Sincerely,
Donna L. Wagner, Ph.D.
President, Older Women’s League

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OWL Letter to Obama: Administration “Does Not Take Sexism Seriously”

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The White House accepted Alan Simpson’s apology regarding the sexist, demeaning comments he made to Ashley Carson of the Older Women’s League, but apparently the Older Women’s League does not.

A new letter to President Obama from Donna L. Wagner, President of the Older Women’s League, is still calling for Simpson to be — er, canned.

Key graf:

OWL’s members believe that choosing to keep Mr. Simpson as your co-chair sends a message that your Administration does not take sexism seriously and also that you are not concerned about Mr. Simpson’s views regarding Social Security. There are a number of occasions where racial discrimination appeared both within government and elsewhere, and where your Administration acted swiftly and appropriately to correct wrongdoing. Why is one form of discrimination any different from another?

Ouch.

Read the entire letter:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

It is with great disappointment that we received your response to the situation regarding Alan Simpson’s continued co-chairmanship of your National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. I sincerely hope that Mr. Simpson apologized to you for his embarrassing actions and that is why you have chosen to accept his apology and keep him on board. OWL released a statement yesterday that expressed our Executive Director, Ashley Carson’s, gratitude for Mr. Simpson’s prompt apology, but that OWL still wishes to see him resign.

Today is Women’s Equality Day. Last week Carson was the keynote speaker at the Veterans’ Administration celebration of this momentous occasion, and today many of our colleagues are all across the country speaking and celebrating the day that women finally got the right to vote in the United States. It’s been ninety years since women got the right to vote, but sexism still exists in many forms, both subtly and blatantly.

OWL’s members believe that choosing to keep Mr. Simpson as your co-chair sends a message that your Administration does not take sexism seriously and also that you are not concerned about Mr. Simpson’s views regarding Social Security. There are a number of occasions where racial discrimination appeared both within government and elsewhere, and where your Administration acted swiftly and appropriately to correct wrongdoing. Why is one form of discrimination any different from another?

OWL does not accept discrimination in any form – sex, race, religion, socio-economic status, health status and the like.

We appreciate the Women’s Equality Day Proclamation that you released earlier today and will be sending it to all of our members and friends. As you call upon Americans to “recommit themselves to the goal of true gender equality in this country,” it is important that you lead by example. Alan Simpson’s actions do not reflect your vision.

We have supported your efforts to reform health care and have been there to support any and all of your efforts that result in improvements to the lives of women as we age. Therefore, we respectfully request that you reconsider your decision to keep Alan Simpson in such a prestigious and important position
under your leadership.

Sincerely,
Donna L. Wagner, Ph.D.
President, Older Women’s League

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