I know some people get nervous concerning the topic of Women’s Empowerment. On one hand, we value the lives and contributions of women. On the one hand, “women’s rights” is the source of fighting and great debates. Women’s rights and their empowerment has become a ploy in almost every arena from politics and media to education, entertainment and marketing. Some may dogmatically stand on one extreme or the other, but the reality is: there is a lot of history and gray to sort through when the issues are so often painted in short black and white sound bits. Sometimes it is easier, though not responsible, to not pay attention to all of the noise surrounding my creation as a woman.
These are concerns I will wrestle with for the remainder of my life, but today I must admit that I get dismayed when I hear “women’s empowerment” and then see the results of how some women use their power once it is received. Such are my reflections concerning ABC’s hit sitcom, Scandal, its lead actress, Kerry Washington, and the show’s creator, Shondra Rhimes. Check out the article at Urban Faith.