5.01.2004

Salon reports that the Bush administration has its own version of a Cinderella-style chick lit:
If you'd logged onto the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau Web site in 1999, you would have found a list of more than 25 fact sheets and statistical reports on topics ranging from "Earning Differences Between Men and Women" to "Facts About Asian American and Pacific Islander Women" to "Women's Earnings as Percent of Men's 1979-1997."

Not anymore. Those fact sheets no longer exist on the Women's Bureau Web site, and have instead been replaced with a handful of peppier titles, like "Hot Jobs for the 21st Century" and "20 Leading Occupations for Women." It's just one example of the ways in which the Bush administration is dismantling or distorting information on women's issues, from pay equity to reproductive healthcare, according to "Missing: Information About Women's Lives," a new report released Wednesday by the National Council for Research on Women.

I'm sure that the New York publishing industry in general would not want to be accused of making the same moves as this administration, but how is this Bushy rewrite any different from the de-emphasizing of literary women novelists, who deal with depth and scope and the full range of experience, to give shelf space and review space to the catch-the-prince/girly-Horatio-Alger stories?

--Elizabeth

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