its official! los angeles mayor Villaraigosa confirms that women overdeliver

The Mayor made a surprise appearance at the "Choose Empowerment" WLALA Installation Dinner last night (a wild success with more than 500 attendees in the room).  In congratulating the evening's honorees and saying a few words about a women lawyers association formed before we were granted the right to vote! the Mayor confirmed that which we already pretty much know ~ we work hard and lay low.

The Mayor was tired, noting that this appearance was his third of the evening, so he can be forgiven for the occasional pause or misstep.  But what people say when they're all worn out ~ particularly politicians and government officials ~ is often the best read of what they're actually thinking.

Not having a transcript, I can only approximate the Mayor's grateful acknowledgement of his women colleagues and assistants. 

"The women who surround me at work," the Mayor asserted, "work harder and longer than the men and they do so without asking for better compensation or seeking recognition for their work."

As Ms. Magazine (must it be pink?) used to say,


Left, Gloria Steinem ~ a She Negotiates History moment. 

Gloria Steinem born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the Women's Liberation Movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She co-founded Ms. Magazine and was a columnist for the New York magazine in the 1960s and also worked there as a columnist. In 1969, she published an article, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation"[2] which, along with her early support of abortion rights, catapulted her to national fame as a feminist leader. She continues to involve herself in politics and media affairs as a commentator, writer, lecturer, and organizer, campaigning for candidates and reforms and publishing books and articles.

The truth shall set you free.  But first it will piss you off!Gloria Steinem