She vs. Her: Women and the Midterm Elections -- What's at Stake?
Real Change=Right Women
Women vote with their checkbooks, not their reproductive organs.
Since we make the majority of purchasing decisions, we see how taxes affect budgets. Women are responsible for most health care decisions, and we see how health care reform is driving up premiums and increased government control can restrict access to life-saving drugs.
A recent poll from The Kitchen Cabinet found that a majority of women believe President Obama's policies -- from health care to the stimulus-- have failed. Other polls find that women are fleeing the Democratic Party.
Women on the on the right understand and are taking action. We’re marching through the streets, organizing rallies, leveraging new technologies, registering people to vote, training women to get involved in politics and running for office in record numbers.
Meanwhile, how have liberal women responded?
Women want power over their own lives and choices to make better decisions for their families. Conservatives understand this, which is why we’re fighting for lower taxes, school choice, smaller government and an end to Obamacare.
Stacy Mott, president of Smart Girl Politics, recently said, “If this year has taught us anything, it is that conservative women are powerful agents of change and we are a threat to liberalism,
particularly to old-school "feminism."
Real change rests with women on the right.
The One, Non-Negotiable Political Issue
I’m more than a little annoyed when women opposed to abortion rights (like Sarah Palin and her Grizzlies) claim to be feminists. But I get really depressed when pro-choice women buy into this, saying things like “Who are we to police the boundaries of feminism? Let’s be open to all women who want to identify as feminists.” Groups like Feminists for Life have been making these arguments for years. But hearing this from the pro-choice community is something new.
Most feminists want to be open-minded and inclusive and so are receptive to this “big tent feminism” argument. From Slate’s Amy Bloom in the recent Double X series, “Who Gets To Be a Feminist?” : “If she [Palin] understands that she is a product of feminism and is prepared to pursue its goals, I can give her a pass on abortion.” A pass on abortion?
As I slogged through the Slate series, it was such a relief to read Nora Ephron, who cuts right to the chase:
I know that I'm supposed to write 500 words on this subject, but it seems much simpler: You can't call yourself a feminist if you don't believe in the right to abortion.
Women have made progress in so many areas; it’s hard to believe that we are still fighting for the right to control our own bodies. Sadly, many people who claim to want “government off their backs” support government intrusion into this most private decision.
I’m happy to hear that so many women want to claim the feminist label, but not at this price. Feminists differ over priorities/strategies; we have our race/class /generational faultlines. But even if abortion rights may not be a feminist’s top issue, it’s got to be on the list of non-negotiables when we make our political choices.