Two women, one larger story

Stanley Crouch – NY Daily News – Friday, 01 February 2013 (originally published 28 Jan)

Myrlie Evers-Williams giving the invocation at President Obama's inauguration
Myrlie Evers-Williams gives the invocation at last Monday’s presidential inauguration. Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bill Clinton’s wife and Medgar Evers’ widow have come into their own.

Seeing Myrlie Evers-Williams and Hillary Clinton in Washington last week for the presidential inauguration, I thought of Benazir Bhutto, as I often do when contemplating what women are doing in the world these days.

Bhutto rose to become the prime minister of Pakistan, only to die at the hands of assassins in 2007 — a gruesome, chaotic scene witnessed by legions of followers thronging around her. No one wants to die, of course — but Bhutto knew very well the resentment that comes with power. She knew also about exile and danger. And while she may have succumbed to the treacherous politics of her native nation, her plight also highlights the difficulties faced by women in the public sphere . . .

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