Did you think that those United Nations Conferences held in Cairo, Beijing and
Istanbul were just consciousness-raising sessions where the feminists in the Clinton
Administration could commiserate with females from 189 countries about how badly
women are treated by the male patriarchal society? Well, think again. When we give the
feminists a tax-paid junket to cultivate their grievances, you can bet they will use that
opportunity to cook up a lot of mischief.
Did you think that, in our constitutional government, "all legislative powers" are
vested in the Congress, where laws, to be valid, must be passed by a majority in both
Houses? Well, think again. The feminists have devised a sneaky way to bypass the
constitutional process, achieve what they want by "consensus" at a UN conference, and
then use the federal bureaucracy to implement their policies as though they were law.
In May of this year, the Clinton Administration set up the President's Interagency
Council on Women chaired by those two longtime friends and co-conspirators in feminist
activism, Hillary Rodham Clinton and HHS Secretary Donna Shalala. Its mission is to
"follow up on U.S. commitments made at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women,
Beijing, September 4-15, 1995."
On September 28, the President's Interagency Council will hold a national
conference via satellite to report on the "progress" made toward Beijing's "Platform for
Soon after the feminists returned from China a year ago, UN Ambassador
Madeleine Albright, who was the U.S. Delegation chair in Beijing, spelled out the goals
in a document called "Bring Beijing Home." These included "family responsibilities
must be shared" (obviously, the government should force husbands to do the dishes and
the diapers) and, of course, assuring abortion rights.
Albright announced that Beijing had produced "an international women's
movement of activists, advocates and advisors to the nations of the world." U.S.
taxpayers paid one-third of the $14 million bill for the gab session.
The Beijing commitments are now being implemented through a federal entity
composed of high-level representatives from 30 federal agencies. It holds monthly
meetings, engages in outreach activities, conducts local seminars, and uses a White House
One major activity of this President's Interagency Council is to agitate for the
longtime feminist goal called "comparable worth." This is a plan to set up a federal
wage-control apparatus to subjectively decide which wages are "comparable," and then,
in the name of "equity," raise the wages of jobs held mostly by females and freeze the
wages of jobs held mostly by men.
This "comparable worth" notion has been rejected by all U.S. legislatures and
courts that have considered it, but the feminists continue to pursue it. The Interagency
Council's mission statement reveals that the feminists are trying to enforce it through
their pals in the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance, using new
reporting requirements and "corrective remedies."
Another "top priority" of this group is ratification of the United Nations
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Only
radical feminists could believe the silliness that the lot of American women would be
improved by allowing a UN agency to define our rights.
Domestic violence is another major item on the Beijing agenda. This will allow
the feminists to assure that the $1.6 billion voted by Congress for the Violence Against
Women Act is treated as feminist pork and channelled to their friends.
The National Education Association has produced a video on the Beijing
Conference called "Cornerstone for the Future" featuring (surprise, surprise) Hillary
Rodham Clinton. Designed to promote discussions in middle schools about women as
victims who need more government services, the video was launched by Mrs. Clinton at a
middle school in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The behind-the-scenes activist who has been coordinating this agenda is Bella
Abzug, the former Congresswoman who is now head of the Women's Environment and
Development Organization, which (as expected) is a recipient of U.S. taxpayer grants. At
Feminist Expo '96, organized by former National Organization for Women head Eleanor
Smeal and held in Washington, D.C. in February, Abzug boasted: "You made a contract
with the world's women, and that has to be enforced. And how does it get enforced? By
politics, by political action."
Abzug is an experienced activist. In addition to her 12-point "Contract with
American Women" that includes demands for comparable worth and affirmative action,
she boasts that work is under way to promote her platform in high schools, colleges and
universities through courses and seminars on Beijing's notion of "gender equity."
If she runs out of U.S. taxpayer grants, she can call on the United Nations
Development Fund for Women, whose literature announces that it is working with
governments to transform Beijing's 362 paragraphs into "national strategic plans and
programs." Stay tuned, because this year's UN conference in Istanbul, called Habitat II,
wants to add the "right to housing" to the UN's Global Plan of Action.