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Female Advocates Look For Gender Equality

Publication Date: 
November 12, 2008
ABC 7 News
Teresa Garcia

Professor Deborah L. Rhode was interviewed for an ABC 7 News segment on gender issues that surrounded the recent presidential campaign:

Bay Area women's advocates say there is no doubt that gender bias played a big role in the presidential election -- and proves the point women have not achieved equality in society. That's inspired a grassroots movement to do something about it - something big.

"When the signs went up at Hilary Clinton's speeches "iron my socks", it tells you something about the legitimacy of gender prejudice. You didn't see signs at Obama rallies saying "shine my shoes," said Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School Faculty.

Deborah Rhode, a Stanford University law professor and one of the nation's leading scholars on legal ethics and gender, says gender prejudice during the presidential campaign was unforgivably obvious. And it crossed into both political parties. Political pundits questioned whether Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, mother of five, including a special needs child, had time to focus on the White House.

"You know she wasn't running for mother of the year, and since when do we ask that of male candidates?" said Rhode. Rhode says this past election shows that women haven't yet achieved full equality. And she's pleased to see a Bay Area grassroots group of activists has created a movement called


"I have no doubt that this is going to be a good administration for women," said Rhode.