Women, Influence and the Neoliberal Model

A tale of two events celebrating women with very little in common…

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

On Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Business Journal will celebrate their annual list of the Most Influential Women in West Michigan

This celebration, will feature Lis Wiehl, who was a reporter and legal analyst for Fox News for 15 years. The event, which is March 7, is one day before International Women’s Day. Now, I don’t know if this is intentional, but International Women’s Day and the Grand Rapids Business Journal (GRBJ) event have nothing in common, except that it involves women.

International Women’s Day was started based on the exploitative working conditions of women in the garment industry, which resulted in a fire at the Triangle Factory in New York City, on March 25, 1911. One hundred and twenty-three women died that day, which led to an international outcry and the birth of a new movement led by women.

The GRBJ event doesn’t honor working class women, it honors…

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