Sunday's New York Times included a story on feminist Gloria Steinem with this line: "For more than 40 years, Gloria Steinem has been the near-singular voice of the women's movement. Why, in all that time, has no one emerged as her successor?"
I know it's a risk for a man to answer the question, but let me try. First, there is no "women's movement." There is a movement of liberal women, which has shrunk. Conservative women seem to be growing. They are not defined by abortion and lesbianism, which seem to be the major issues of the liberal women.
Second, no one speaks for all women. They are individuals, not part of a group. The media have transformed the individual into group-think so they can be more easily manipulated to vote for liberal Democrats.
Third, while younger women appreciate the opportunities for equal pay and other rights the feminists fought for and won, they increasingly reject the hard-left social agenda of feminism. There are more reasons, but those, I think, are the major ones why no one has replaced Gloria Steinem.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: March 19, 2012