State senator Marty Golden's proposal to help women land jobs through an etiquette seminar called "Feminine Presence" had many wondering what decade he thinks he's living in. Lori Bordonaro reports. (Published Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012)
A state lawmaker from Brooklyn has canceled an event for women to learn "posture, deportment and the feminine presence."
Republican State Sen. Marty Golden sent out a mailing advertising the July 24 business etiquette event. His website said women would be taught to "sit, stand and walk like a model."
But Golden canceled the event Tuesday after critics said he was out of touch with the lives of working women.
"You would think he would be aware enough to realize stating something like that is insulting to women," said Julie Kirshner from the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Golden's spokesman said in an e-mail that the planned event was similar to ones being organized by other elected officials, as well as classes conducted in local high schools.
“Each year, Senator Golden holds several well received events to provide options to his constituents for personal and business development," Golden's spokesman said.
The senator's office declined to comment on why the event was canceled.
Earlier Tuesday, State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, said she sometimes feels like she drives "three hours north and 50 years back in history" when she goes to Albany.
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Published at 4:03 PM EST on Jul 3, 2012
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