In case you missed it, extremist gun rights advocates have lately been claiming that this is a women’s rights issues — that unrestricted gun ownership is the best and only way to fight violence against women. Not, for instance, passing the Violence Against Women Act and actually prosecuting violence against women. Anyway…. Here’s me debating the subject on America Live with Megyn Kelly:
Video courtesy of Mediaite and Fox News.
In my latest blog post for MORE Magazine, I look at the record number of women elected to Congress in the 2012 election — but also give a warning:
Admittedly, it’s not as if the women in Congress will be running the place. In that body’s entire history, just 27 women have chaired committees, which is where the real power lies. In our most current Congress, the 112th, only one woman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chaired a committee (Foreign Affairs). That’s right, just one.
Read the entire essay here — the good, bad and still-to-be-done about women in politics.
In my first blog post for MORE Magazine, I explore the (thin) legacy of women moderating presidential debates — including in this election:
During the October 16 face-off, Crowley will get to ask follow-up questions. But Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer, the men moderating the other two presidential debates, get to steer the debates by asking whatever questions they want. In a scenario that will feel familiar to women all across America, Crowley is tasked with running around and helping the audience while the male moderators have some real power.
You’ll want to read the entire essay and learn about the appalling record of women and people of color in debate moderator roles since 1988, when the Commission on Presidential Debates took over running debates from the League of Women Voters. Read the entire post here — and please spread it around!
Republicans are excited that a few more women voters like their candidate than a few months ago, even though in general polls still show no one much likes Romney.
Oh, and note in the video where I go off on conservatives completely misrepresenting Obama’s record. Let’s argue, folks, but let’s at least have the decency to argue facts. Right?
On the dust up between Ann Romney and Hilary Rosen, I wrote for Politico’s Arena:
Hilary Rosen chose her words very poorly, but her point was spot on: Mitt Romney’s millionaire wife makes a lousy “economic adviser”.
And why, in the same piece, did I also go after Tim Geithner? Read it here.
In my latest essay for Fox’s opinion page, I detail the (very long!) list of things Republicans have done in the last year to undermine women’s health and welfare and conclude:
While women voters might rather focus on jobs and the economy, watching Republicans jeopardize women’s health and reproductive freedom while slandering those who try and stand in their way is enough to make women demand not only good jobs and fair pay but political leaders who respect the liberty and rights of women in America.
President Obama’s campaign may be paying for fliers and advertisements to attract women voters, but in this regard, Republicans are giving him the kind of help that money can’t buy.
For it’s latest Arena, Politico asks, “Have Democrats’ charges of ‘war on women’ gone too far? My response:
“War on women” is a bit too generous … Indeed, many of the recent GOP attacks have been targeted at the freedom of choice and self-determination of women. But if you look at all the Republican proposals today, from slashing food stamp benefits to raising college tuition, the more correct question might be: who aren’t Republicans starting a war with?
Read my entire response here and show it some love on Politico’s site.
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