Republican New York State Senator Marty Golden knows it's tough out there, ladies.
In 2009 the median income of full time, year-round workers was $47,127 for men, compared to only $36,278 for women. Stingy family leave policies and lack of subsidized day care often make it difficult for women to advance in the office. Sexual harassment is still a constant concern in many workplaces.
Luckily, Golden has the answer…
Later this month, Republican State Sen. Marty Golden's office is holding a career-development event for women in his southern Brooklyn district teaching them "Posture, Deportment and the Feminine Presence."
That's according to a taxpayer-funded mailing being sent out in Golden's district, which an offended reader passed along. The taxpayer-funded event — presented by a "certified protocol consultant" — is part of a series teaching women in Brooklyn "what's new in the 21st century as it relates to business etiquette and social protocol." More details are also available on Golden's Senate website, including the fact that women in attendance will be taught to, "Sit, stand and walk like a model," how to, "Walk up and down a stair elegantly" and "Differences in American and Continental rules governing handshakes and introductions."
If nothing else, these kinds of workshops are a way for the New York GOP to demonstrate a commitment to women's issues and simultaneously promote fiscal discipline.
Job training programs proving expensive and ineffective? Replace them with seminars on lady-like behavior.
New York state having trouble meeting renewable energy targets? Golden's "It's more fun to cook barefoot!" seminar will help save millions on air conditioning bills.
Is the SUNY higher education budget threatening to grow out of control? Just replace tuition assistance with a series of Golden-hosted events on "Earning your M.R.S. degree."
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