The Pundit Spectrum: How Many Women--and Which Ones?

The myth of the feminist dominatrix lives. When a handful of right-wing women founded the "Independent Women's Forum" in 1992, they did so because "they felt invisible in a media culture that tends to represent all professional women as liberal Democrats" and they wanted "to get conservative women's views heard in the media and on Capitol Hill." (Village Voice, 7/11/95.) Talk about setting achievable goals. In 1992, television's most visible female pundits were former Reagan speechwriter Mona Charen and Reagan's Civil Rights Commissioner Linda Chavez. Female liberal Democrats were hardly controlling the culture; as for outspoken feminists, they were largely […]