After the economic downturn of 2008, Obama had the big idea of an economic stimulus. Historically, these kind of stimuli have focused on building roads, bridges, parks, airports, public buildings, etc. Perhaps you can see the problem here. There just isn’t much for women directly. Sure, they are flag-people on road crews, but most of the real work is done by the fellas. Perhaps they are wives and girlfriends of these fellas, but well, that just wasn’t good enough.
Feminist types saw lots of money flowing and naturally they wanted some. What better way to stick it to what was left o f the Patriarchy. So the Obama Stimulus was amended to distribute money for research into women related issues and such.
There wasn’t too much fuss abut this allocation; probably because nobody of importance wanted a fight that they couldn’t win. So, I am wondering what people really thought. Did they, like myself, think the this was all a bunch of hooey? Stimulus dollars are expected to go toward creating something for the public good. I would think that Feminist Studies Grants would qualify here.
In the end, if appears that they pushed the Overton window forward a bit. To the detriment of us all I would think.