GENDERPROP Women in Mid-Passage
A great deal of the genderprop in the 1990s expressed the needs of women who have professional standing or who were positioned to achieve it. This contributed to a newprop that would work within the mainstream of a meritocracy, but it did not ensure that all of the steps that would be taken on behalf of women's rights would be free of conflict. Many women still turned to oldprop to address discrimination and abuse.
It was not yet an even playing field for gender, as noted by speakers during the International Women's Conference in Beijing in Fall 1995. There First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton engaged in a propaganda of revelation and protest against the exploitation of women in the Third World. Hers was a fresh voice, because oldprop on behalf of women had not been permitted.
Even in the United States, professional women have not fully mastered insider games of oldprop. They were shortshrifted in Nannygate, demeaned during Hillgate, and assaulted at Tailgate. Although the professional landscape was changing, many professional women still found themselves blocked by a lack of acceptance and frustrated by the ambivalence of their roles.
Adverse actions by President Clinton on his nomination of women for high office gave rise to the characterization of Nannygate; in each case the President withdrew a highly qualified woman from nomination for cabinet-