Today's women in politics have certainly come a long way. The path is a long one: from 1920 and the right to vote, Shirley Chisholm's run for the White House in 1972, Geraldine Ferraro's nomination by the Democrats in 1984, several female top leaders including Shirley Temple Black, Madeleine Albright, Condolleeza Rice, Janet Reno, Sandra Day O'Connor, and many, many more.
This is not an attempt to endorse any of these women's politics or give tribute to any of their actions in their respective posts.
This is an invitation to a group of capable people, the Newsvine interactive community, to do some looking around and let me know what you find. I'll put my thesis in the form of some questions. This is a favorite trick, since I prefer not to stop with what I think, but rather begin with what all of you think:
How do you rate the media's and the blogosphere's coverage of these women?
Are they rated on their performance, or berated for violation of some code of women's conduct in society?
Have a look around & let me know what you find.
(My title is from a 60s movie about five women with their own reasons to do what they did, and is meant to be nothing but catchy. In no way do I mean to imply anything about the above women, whose names are listed in alphabetical order. "Branded" can mean 'seared with a hot iron', or 'publicly recognizable by name.' Which applies, whether literally or figuratively?)