I remember the day I first publicly shared my support for Barack Obama, the San Jose Mercury News reporter had to chase me around the party that we were both attending to finally get me to speak up. I was torn between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic nominee for president. In the end, I chose Barack Obama because all of his issues hit home with me and I felt he would be able to bring about the change that is sorely needed in our government. I knew the change would not happen with McCain, who had changed his mind with Bush's. And regarding the gender card, I want a women in the White House, but it needs to be the right women.
Flash to McCain's announcement of Gov. Sarah Palin as his choice for VP running mate (and soul mate?). And better yet, Gov. Palin claimed she was finishing the job that Hillary started by smashing the glass ceiling that she put 18,000,000 cracks in.
When in reality, I agree with Bettina Duval of the Daily Kos who stated "If Governor Palin is elected she may ultimately smash that glass ceiling, but this will only serve to recycle those shards of glass by using them to build a high, thick wall between women and their rights."
Women's rights have already had a tough fight under the Bush administration and if any woman takes a look where Barack Obama stands on women's issues, they will see that he will be the force that will help women break their own glass ceilings. NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy made a statement on the topic, including "Sadly, she (Sarah Palin) is a woman who opposes women's rights, just like John McCain." Judith Warner of the New York Times blogged "In other words, he (McCain) has time after time put up roadblocks to any legislative measures that could help make women’s abstract equality a reality."
So let's go over this again:
- Barack Obama/Joe Biden's stance on women's issues will HELP WOMEN break their own glass ceilings. His stance includes HEALTH CARE (Fixing the Nation’s Health Care System, Supporting Research into Women’s Health,Fighting Cancer, Reducing Health Risks Due to Mercury Pollution) REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE (Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose, Preventing Unwanted Pregnancy), PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Reducing Domestic Violence, Strengthening Domestic Violence Laws, Fighting Gender Violence Abroad) ECONOMIC ISSUES (Fighting for Pay Equity, Expanding Paid Medical Leave, Investing in Women-Owned Small Businesses, Protecting Social Security, Encouraging Retirement Saving, Improving Child Support Collection), NATIONAL SECURITY (Ending the War in Iraq, Caring for Women Veterans), POVERTY
including Helping Low-Income Workers and Improving Afterschool and Daycare Opportunities) EDUCATION (including Expanding Early Childhood Education, Promoting Women in Math and Science, Improving Our Schools, Making College More Affordable)
- John McCain/Sarah Palin will build a thick wall between women and their rights. I would link to McCain's stance on women's issues but I could not even find a section on women's issues on McCain's website! No section on womens' issues on their "official campaign website" must equal no interest in women's issues! So instead of listing all the areas of women's issues McCain/Palin support, I will just list NOTHING ( ).
Forget the gender card, I just want my rights! I want Barack Obama elected president!