a. Appointing women to top positions makes it look as though Bush and his thugs respect women.
b. Many American women--victims of either right-wing propaganda or their own internalized misogyny--are not interested in having equal rights with men.
c. The majority of Americans have no inteest in what is happening to their country.
d. Some of the oppression is toward women in countries like Africa, and Americans do not see that as a personal threat or cause.
e. The "news" media does not report the news.
With no one watching, the White House has deleted vital information about the welfare of women from a number of government websites. The "condoms don't protect against STD's" lie was exposed some time ago, as was the "abortion causes cancer" lie. Both of these outrageous proclamations were the direct products of right-wing Christian fundamentalist groups to whom Bush panders on a daily basis. But there is much more that has been wiped clean from the government sites.
Many of Bush's nominees to the federal bench are judges who have gone out of their way to discriminate against women. As I write this, women and girls in Afghanistan are being abused, sold, and forced into isolation, thanks to Bush's "mission accomplished" in their country. The fact that the administration used the Taliban's horrific treatment of females as a selling point for the war on terror is obscene, considering its complete lack of interest in the current treatment of those same females.
When the government of a country represses opposition and censors public information, especially information vital to the welfare of its citizens, we scream "fascism!"
I can't hear you...