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Earlier today on This Week, Carolyn Maloney and Susan Collins suggested that the Secret Service imbroglio in Colombia may not have happened if the agency had more women.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I think it's appropriate that we have female legislators here today, because we just learned this morning that the agent who swept in and cleaned this all up, female agent Paula Reid, head of the service detail down in Latin America, and she seemed to get to the bottom of this quickly.

COLLINS: She did. She acted decisively, appropriately, and I can't help but wonder if there'd been more women as part of that detail if this ever would have happened.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, what's the latest, though, on the investigation?

MALONEY: I would like to say I talked to Director Sullivan last night, and he was commending her leadership, too. She really went in there and cleaned up the mess. And one thing I asked him is, how many women are on the force? It's only 11 percent of the agents are women.

And if -- we agree on this. If there were more agents on the ground, maybe we would not have had this.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Only 11 percent?

MALONEY: And I can't help but keep asking this question, where are the women? We probably need to diversify the Secret Service and have more minorities and more women.

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According to the EEOC, 25 percent of Secret Service agents are women.  Still, whether it's 11 percent or 25 percent, it still sounds like a pretty low figure.  Especially considering that the job requirements are more mental than physical.

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  •  How does this compare to the percentage (3+ / 0-)

    of women in Congress? Or female CEOs? This isn't just a Secret Service issue.

    While promoting the hiring of more women I hope Collins also actively supports equal pay for equal work.

    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

    by jayden on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 04:06:02 PM PDT

  •  my cousin is a black female agent. (10+ / 0-)

    According to her, there's a glass ceiling made of cinderblocks. She went in eager and enthusiastic. Wanted to be a sniper. She was making great progress. But then suddenly other people kept leaping over her despite her stellar ratings and performance. It think it finally got to her.

    Today she's counting down the days to retirement. Apparently it's very hostile.

    •  She should go to these legislators and let them (1+ / 0-)
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      know, even if its anonymously what she has experienced.  Times like this are ripe for change.

      •  She wouldn't risk it. She's got two years to go (0+ / 0-)

        And all she wants is out. She's a fiesty woman but theyve killed the fight in her. At this point she's just keeping her head down, doing her job and looking forward to retirement by 43 years of age. She literally went in right after university. They recruited her right from campus. It must be terrible there cuz she was always a fiesty, fighter, tough broad type.  She still is. But she's done fighting the secret service.

  •  But she's stil a (1+ / 0-)
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    partisan hack.

    Collins, admirably, broke ranks with the goopers and voted aye for the Lilly Ledbetter bill. But apparently she was scolded at some point for this, and she ended up voting nay for the Paycheck Fairness Act (in which 58-41 does not count as a majority).

    With this vocal observation of inequality, she only sets herself up as a complete partisan and a manic legislator.


    Chaos. It's not just a theory.

    by PBnJ on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 04:10:12 PM PDT

  •  I can't stand Maloney because she's anti-gun... (1+ / 0-)
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    Merry Light

    ...but on this issue, regarding the lack of women in the Secret Service, she's in the right ballpark. The Secret Service seems to have always had always had a sexist work culture. At the same time, though, simply hiring more women isn't going to solve the problem alone. Hypothetically speaking, the Secret Service could be 75% female a decade from now, and a sexist culture in which male agents are treated more favorably than female agents could still be prevalent. The Secret Service can't simply hire more women to cover up a sexist work culture. The Secret Service has to rid itself of the culture of misogamy that seems to be prevalent within its ranks.

    Personally, eliminating the sexist work culture within the Secret Service and other federal government agencies is only one long-term solution to preventing another Columbiagate. If prostitution were taxed, regulated, and legalized in all 50 States, those Secret Service agents could play around with American hookers instead of having to fly to a foreign country to pay to have sex...oh, and Uncle Sam keeps the tax revenue!

  •  I couldn't help thinking back to the war (0+ / 0-)

    on women - specifically, that we are all sluts lusting after men and can't keep our pants on..... so much for that myth! We women know who the sex fiends really are - most men! (present company and my spouse excepted!)

    -6.50/-5.23 "Don't find fault, find a remedy." - Henry Ford

    by Merry Light on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 07:39:08 PM PDT

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