Anna Holmes of Jezebel is spot-on. I have some trouble with the last line — has Clinton really not been making noise her whole life? — and the idea that we construct our own glass ceilings, but it would be nice to see Clinton seize this opportunity to continue to inspire women around the world. And it’s a damn shame that the country simply would not have been receptive to a “gender speech” from a prominent female candidate. But, while it’s too late to make such a speech as a candidate, Clinton can still start that conversation — perhaps more effectively now that the white-hot limelight isn’t bearing down on her.
UPDATE: I agree with Donna in the comments:
I disagree with the part about when and where she should do it. Few will be watching or listening after she concedes and at some college somewhere. It might garner a little sound byte in the evening news. Right before she concedes on the other hand, like last night, or within the next week or so? Everyone would have been/will be listening. I would hope that as part of the speech she would add that for the most part Obama and his campaign have not engaged in sexist or misogynist rhetoric, this does not mean unaffiliated supporters and Obama voters have not, but that it was not in any way to be construed as a conscientious campaign tactic endorsed by Obama. That instead it is entrenched in our American culture. I’d also like to see her say something along the lines of, “There are those who hate women, but there are also those who patronize women, they don’t hate us, but think we are less able, less intelligent, weaker, less than equal. It is this attitude amongst those who call themselves liberal, or progressive, or Democrats, that has infuriated Democratic women all across America during this campaign. We must eradicate these beliefs among our ranks in order to live up to the ideals of the Democratic Party.”
This is exactly what most of us WOC have been saying in so many ways to our white liberal counterparts, that we are being patronized, and that those who call themselves progressives and Democrats do not hate people of color, but they do see us as less than equal.
Read her whole comment here.