Archive for November, 2010

The Cracked, but Still Intact, Political Ceiling

Monday, November 29th, 2010

crackedceiling1I went to a wonderful luncheon last week. Take Your Brain to Lunch featured speaker, Randy Mayeux, reviewed two books. One of the books was Anne Kornblut’s Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, And What It Will Take For A Woman To Win. Regardless of your political views, gender, age, economic status or any other demographic data, no one can fail to acknowledge the impact these two women have had, and will probably continue to have, on our country.

According to Kornblut, “their candidacies (Clinton and Palin) unleashed virulent strains of sexism across the country that many had thought were already eradicated.” While women represent 50 percent of the population, they are as underrepresented in government positions of power as theyhillary-clinton1 are in corporate executive suites and academic professors with tenure.

Hillary, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, and currently serves as Secretary of State, has a long history of service to the country and shaping the view of women in politics. She was the first lady of Arkansas and then of the country. She has served as a senator from New York and, as a mother, helped planned her daughter’s wedding.

2008-09-15-sarahpalinSarah Palin rose to political fame when she was picked by John McCain to be his running mate. As the first woman governor of Alaska, she was virtually unknown. Today, she has a TV program on Fox, is on a book tour, making numerous speeches and encouraging candidates who she believes hold the same values she does. As a mother, she supported her daughter while she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

No doubt the ceiling is cracked, but it is definitely not shattered!

Family Fun at the Brahmas Game

Monday, November 8th, 2010

hockey1This past weekend, my husband, daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and I went to a Brahmas Hockey Game. The Texas Brahmas, one of 18 teams that belong to the Central Hockey League, is a minor league team based in North Richland Hills, Texas.

The evening was entertaining and exciting with lots of action. The intimate size facilitybrahmas_hockeylogo1 versus the colossal Cowboy Stadium makes fans feel a part of the action. And, of course, ticket prices, concessions and parking was much more family affordable.

With activities for the kids, and interactive traditions, such as throwing mini-brahma bulls on the ice after a goal, it was experiential as well. While you need to bundle up as the arena is cold, the atmosphere is warm and inviting and a wonderful way to spend an evening with family and friends.

Why Not Highlight Sports Wives?

Monday, November 1st, 2010

people2Wives and families are a critical part of any professional athlete’s life. Yesterday I watched a show called Football Wives on TV. I thought it would provide viewers with interesting insights into the players, their wives, children and lifestyle. After all, we all know women are more relationship oriented. To know a little more about the players would only enhance a female fan’s enjoyment of the sport.

Admittedly, I only watched part of one segment, so they may have had something interesting on that I missed. However, it was more like the “Real Housewives” bickering and innatepeople1 conversation, than what I expected. Hence the fact I only watched one segment of the 30-minute program.

Sports teams are really missing out on an opportunity to connect at a deeper level with their female fans. Women’s interest in sports is probably at an all time high. In my case, we have the Texas Rangers playing in the World Series and making history. And, of course, the Dallas Cowboys. The Mavericks, Stars, and many minor league teams in the area are outstanding and provide family entertainment at reasonable prices.

team1Television, which counts on the number of people watching to generate advertising revenue, really could produce a good preshow occasionally, that focused more on the player and his life, than repeating the same thing week after week about “going out and giving his all,” “playing as a team” and “stepping up to the plate.”