Eleanor Smeal's initial remark upon being elected president of the National Organization of Women, as she embraced her family, "I know feminists aren't suppose to do this sort of thing--but what the heck," alienates a broad spectrum of the public who don't feel an inconsistency in being a feminist and being a loving mother and/or wife.

As a leader of women, how can she imply that the basic human instinct of loving your family be inherently wrong if you are a feminist.

Women need a national organization with strong and effective leadership providing unbiased representation. Eleanor Smeal might consider that if her statement reflects a basic NOW attitude, my opinion is no matter how much legislation she helps enact, she and her organization are failures.


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