Ailene Voisin: IOC cowers as some nations continue to ban women


The scene initially was niggling, troubling, then so much worse than that. Frankly, it was outrageous, with minimal cover provided by the flags and the uniforms and the procession of beaming, glistening faces.

All those nations.

All those men.

“If you watched the countries marching in during Opening Ceremonies, you had to say, ‘Wait a minute,’ ” said Adriana Surfas, an aide to U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. “You expect everyone to have women in their delegation. But when they don’t, we barely pause. It’s so ingrained. It’s almost like that’s the way it is supposed to be.”

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