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Women in politics.

In viewing the Senate Committee grilling Anita Hill, many Americans got it that more women need to be involved in positions of leadership. Governor Ann Richards of Texas spelled it out in a recent commencement address at Smith College:

"It is not that women are better than men...but I hope we all accepted long ago that we are different.

"The most sympathetic and sensitive of our men friends, no matter how hard they try, cannot hear with a woman's ear or process information through a woman's experience.

"This should not be a great revelation to any of us. Hispanics and African-Americans have patiently - and usually with uncommon gentleness - tired to explain to Anglos for years that issues are seen differently from inside a brown or black skin."

"What I am saying is that because our background is different, we pick up different nuances and bring valuable skills to the process. And, Lord knows, we could not do worse than what is being done now.

"Perhaps because we have been watching the show as spectators for so long, we are less likely to get caught up in the trappings and the ceremony. We're not there for the honor of it. We are there to do a job.
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Title Annotation:excerpts from Ann Richards commencement address at Smith College
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Date:Jun 22, 1992
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