No winner or loser today, just Josh taking advantage of his position as editor here to commandeer this post and turn his sights on a commenter.
Maybe working in a small office with Erica has turned me into a feminist (nah, I was watching Angie Dickinson—Google it Millennials—and Mary Tyler Moore and asking my mom about her ERA button before Erica was even born, literally), but I have to take a moment here to dress down a commenter.
In this morning's Fizz, we noted U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's "Woman of Valor" awards—okay, not the greatest name ... it's about stiff as a Phil Collins song (and Sen. Cantwell)—and a knee-jerk conservative reader pounced:
Was [Republican US Rep. Jaime] Herrera invited to the fundraiser? Or is she not obsessed enough with gender, race, class envy, and victimhood to qualify as a "Woman of Valor"?
Gender, race, class envy and victimhood?
Here are the women who got honored:
Jean Chamberlin and Maureen Dougherty, both Boeing VPs in the military aircraft division. (The only "victims" here are al Qaeda.)
Lizz Dunn, an award-winning architect and developer.
Laura Hopkins, a longtime aerospace mechanic who's now the director of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, which trains aerospace workers in Washington State.
Lisa Brummer, Ginny Gilder, and Dawn Trudeau, three businesswoman who own the WNBA's Seattle Storm. (At least one pro basketball team stuck around ... and won some championships). Brummel is a Microsoft exec on the Fortune 500 company's senior management team (class envy?). Ginny Gilder is an investor who helped found Washington Works, a nonprofit that helps place welfare recipients in living-wage jobs. Dawn Trudeau is another Microsoft success story.
Lisa Cohen, a former KING 5 reporter who founded the Washington Global Health Alliance, which helps coordinate the work of health research organizations to fight disease worldwide.