There is some irony here in the Socialist who just wrote about being grateful for getting her food stamps back because she is so poor standing up for Yellen, but the policing of women's work is a full time job for some and it never seems to extend to their poverty.
Last year we heard this story about Shonda Rhimes, who brought ABC prime time back from the dead and added much needed color and also has the longest running show on ABC still in Grey's Anatomy. How dare she ask for money equal to her accomplishments, we heard.
Now it's Yellen. One of the top economists in the world and the only woman to ever head the fed. Claiming she's beholden to Wall Street because she was paid for speeches is a sexist canard. This is her work--she had no idea Biden would even run, let alone win and choose her.
I agree with AOC that we should know the revenue streams of people in power. I argue this all the time. But I am more concerned that Biden's SOD sits on the Raytheon board than that someone who knows Wall St talks to Wall St about her 50+ years on the frontlines of economics.
No one--not me--is saying ignore what Cabinet members make or how. But be consistent. The "story" always seems to be women and their money; never that men control women's access to money every day. And THAT is never a headline: 80% of min wage workers are women. Report that.

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