Lynne Cheney has her own conservative record to back feminists' concerns about a possible Bush-Cheney White House. In today's New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott called her "fantastic," and some top Republicans feel she deserves a cabinet appointment in a G.W. Bush presidency. Cheney served as Chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the Reagan and Bush administrations, pushing an increasingly conservative ideology. Cheney was accused of pushing multicultural projects aside for more "traditional" ones, and chides so-called "cultural relativists" for "taking over American art, literature and education." While at the NEH, Cheney supported funding a film about the civil war, but barred funding a film about Christopher Columbus's violent treatment of Native Americans. She also supports teaching a Western centrist view of history and culture. Lynne Cheney serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where her husband is a trustee, promoting conservative values in American culture and education. Her educational stance includes support of school vouchers, which would greatly endanger the public school system and further blur the separation of church and state. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Women's Forum, an ultra-conservative organization that takes an anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-affirmative action stance and promotes modesty for women as a way to combat discrimination and sexual assault.
Media Resources: NY Times 26 July 2000 "One Last Observation" (cheney's article) "Old-Style Decorum, Decency Sound Good" (amy holmes article) CNN 25 July 2000
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .