I saw Gloria Steniem speak at Skidmore yesterday. (Oddly, in violation of the Sacred Principles of Academic Balance there was not an additional speaker who came on to oppose gender equity. Perhaps the text of her remarks was sent to Alan Dershowitz, who agreed to a one-time exception to the Sacred Principles because he did not find the remarks objectionable? Or perhaps nobody has believed in the Sacred Principles before or since the CUNY incident, who can really say.) At any rate, in addition to many other interesting things she sent the same message that was reported by the Times yesterday:
Gloria Steinem, the feminist author and activist, said this week that she would withdraw her support for Christine C. Quinn in the New York City mayor’s race if Ms. Quinn, speaker of the City Council, did not allow a vote on sick-leave legislation that is a cherished cause of liberal groups.
The measure, which would require many small businesses to provide at least five sick days a year to employees, has been blocked by Ms. Quinn, who has said the rules would be hurtful in a fragile economy.
Steinem said that the votes were there if Quinn lets the bill move forward, so this should be seen as a major test of Quinn’s fitness to be the Democratic candidate for mayor. As of now, the answer should clearly be “no way.”