Where are the feminist defenders of Condi Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali?



LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2014 — Fresh off their slaughter of ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, leftist progressives have now turned their long knives on Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser under President George W. Bush.

What did Condi do to draw their wrath? She was appointed to the board of directors of Dropbox, a file-sharing and storage platform. Her consulting firm RiceHadleyGates had already been giving management direction to the growing company, and with Dropbox’s new IPO and their desire to extend their reach internationally, Rice, with her extensive foreign-policy experience, seemed a logical choice.

Others do not agree. The Internet has been rife with criticism of the company, with the hashtag #DropDropbox trending on Twitter. This campaign threatens that if Dropbox CEO Drew Houston does not remove Rice from the board, customers will drop the program. There is even a webpage dedicated to the cause, spelling out why the choice of Rice is “deeply disturbing”.

One reason is her role in the “evil” Bush administration that started the Iraq War. Another is her support of warrantless wiretapping (the Obama administration hasn’t condemned this either), and yet another — horror of horrors — is that Rice was on the on the board of directors at Chevron. She even has a tanker named after her. Wicked fossil fuels rearing its ugly head.

The anti-Rice activists claim that their opposition to her is not partisan. This is called into question with this paragraph from the “manifesto”:

“Condoleezza Rice could have resigned from the Bush Administration if she believed these actions — all of which she was deeply involved with — were wrong. She did not.“ [Emphasis added]

It now becomes clear. The left is furious that Rice — unlike Colin Powell, whose remorse for his role in the Iraq War subsequently made his move into the left’s good graces complete — will not tell you she’s sorry that she was Bush’s secretary of state. Nor will she day that everything she did under the Bush administration was a horrible mistake.

Another woman of color being hunted by left-wing brown shirts is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Born to a Muslim family in Somalia, Ali was forced to undergo genital mutilation at the age of 5. After refusing a forced marriage, she renounced Islam and sought political asylum in the Netherlands, where she became a member of parliament. She wrote the screenplay for the 2004 film Submission, about the mistreatment of Muslim women and girls.

Ali has received death threats, and the film’s director, Theo van Gogh, was assassinated by a Muslim extremist. Ali now resides in the United States, where she continues her advocacy work on behalf of women and girls. She is a strong critic of Islam, and focuses her efforts on exposing the mistreatment of women and girls under the Muslim religion.

The Brandeis University student campaign against her is mostly spearheaded through the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director and spokesperson for CAIR, is obsessed with Ali and delights in using her as the whipping boy for any anti-Islamist sentiment. Because of this pressure, Brandeis University, whose motto is “Truth even unto its innermost parts,” rescinded the invitation for Ali to be the May 18 commencement speaker and revoked their offer of an honorary degree.

The university issued a statement on their decision to un-invite Ali:

“She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world,” the statement read. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

These “Brandeis core values” obviously do not include Truth even unto its innermost parts. Otherwise Brandeis’s spineless administrators would have no problem with Hirsi Ali speaking her piece of the truth. Time to take that off your seal and masthead.

What Rice and Ali have in commons is that they refuse to back down. Both are highly intelligent, articulate, and extremely capable women who stand on their own two feet. Their voices are distinct and resonant. No one speaks for them, and no one needs to. Each woman represents a race and a gender that have historically suffered oppression, and still do to this day.

Rice came of age in the Jim Crow South, yet overcame the racism and insults of her youth to become an accomplished academic with a masters and a doctorate in international relations. She was provost at Stanford University before she accepted George W. Bush’s invitation to become the first female National Security Adviser. When then-Secretary of State Colin Powell resigned, Rice became the first African-American female Secretary of State. In 2013, Augusta National—the Masters Tournament home—inducted Rice (along with Darla Moore) as one of its first female members.

Rice was an instrumental part of the leadership that guided the country through the 9/11 terror attack and the rebuilding thereafter. No matter what your feelings on the outcome of the post-9/11 policies, it does not remove the historical weight of this role.

None of Rice’s accomplishments and achievements are small by any means, nor should they be diminished. However, Rice has had to suffer concerted efforts by politicians, journalists, and leftist progressives to do just that, and this latest DropDropbox brouhaha is yet another attempt to reduce a consummate and impressive woman.

Hirsi Ali was mutilated, beaten and nearly forced into an arranged marriage. She fled her adopted country of the Netherlands under threat of death because of her outspoken condemnation of the treatment of women under Islam. She is a New York Times bestselling author, wrote a screenplay for one advocacy film, and was a pivotal part of The Honor Diaries, which shines a glaring light on honor violence and killings in the Muslim world.

Ali still receives death threats for her stance and outspokenness, yet she is determined in her work, traveling the world to share her story.

These women — who are powerful lightning rods, effecting change, making a difference, and standing for what they believe — would be applauded and held up as the finest examples of feminism, if only the feminist movement were about more than politics.

The feminist establishment is remarkably silent in both cases. There have been no statements from organizational leaders or the poster children of feminism condemning either of these actions. Where are Sandra Fluke and Lena Dunham on the issue? Too busy running for Congress or being photographed in god-awful clothes. Nor have we heard a peep from National Organization for Women’s president Terry O’Neill—guess she is too busy writing drivel in the Huffington Post about Equal Pay Day.

“I’ll be glad when we no longer have to observe Equal Pay Day, but until then, we need to educate ourselves about the wage gap between women and men, organize our friends and communities to press Congress for meaningful solutions, and vote out of office the inequality deniers who think income inequality is a ‘myth.’ We know it’s all too real.”

Laughably, NOW has a link on their website titled “Global Feminism”. That link includes a 49-page “Gender Shadow Report,” which documents “expansive, entrenched and systemic sex-based employment discrimination in this country.” It concludes that laws and policies in the U.S. — in both the private and public sectors — make the U.S. workplace “one of the least supportive employment environments for women of any developed nation.” With alarm, NOW Foundation emphasized that political leaders are currently reducing funds and dismantling programs adopted over the past 40 years that have promoted equality for women.”

Along with equal pay for women and the birth control kerfuffle, this shadow report merely shows that NOW has its head up its backside. Fighting fictitious battle on income and gender inequality and evil politicians taking away women’s rights, yet tacitly ignoring the clear and present evils against women committed in the U.S. and the world: the restriction on free speech, women being attacked and maligned for rightful accomplishments because they do not reflect certain political views, sex trafficking, and honor violence and killings. Apparently, “Global Feminism” is an oxymoron.

Both Condoleezza Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali are standard bearers.  Women of conviction who obviously have a spine. One wishes Brandeis University had one; we have yet to see whether the powers at Dropbox maintain theirs.



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