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Thursday, September 6, 2012

At DNC, Women's Issues Take Center Stage

Ann Romney may have touted that she "lovvvvves women!" during her speech at the RNC last week in Tampa, however at the DNC this week, women's issues were front and center, and addressed - something that was severely lacking during the RNC.  (And by the way, no one called Ann Romney gay because she said she "loves women"; yet Time Magazine called President Obama the first gay president when he sided on the rights of same sex marriage).

Former Georgetown law student, and recent completor of the CA bar exam, Sandra Fluke.

Beginning with Lilly Ledbetter's rousing speech on equal pay and benefits for women (President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbedder Fair Pay Act (LLFPA) during the first days of his administration making it unlawful for employers to pay women less than men for equal work), to Sandra Fluke's stance on contraceptive and preventive health care for all women, the current-day issues that affect women in the United States were highlighted.

The first speaker during the prime time slot last evening, Sandra Fluke, the former University of Georgetown law student who was shut out by Republicans on a hearing on contraception, got her chance to let her voice be heard.  Said Fluke, "During this campaign, we've heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await women—and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. Warnings of that future are not distractions. They're not imagined. That future could be real."

Fluke was heavily chastised by right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, calling Fluke a "slut for wanting to be paid [government sponsored birth control] to have sex".  Limbaugh later apologized.

"I don't need his apology", said Fluke.

Lilly Ledbetter, a tire plant manager who found out she was making 40% less than her male counterparts, made a convincing argument during her speech at the convention.

"The Supreme Court told me that I should have filed a complaint within six months of the company's first decision to pay me less even though I didn't know about it for nearly two decades. And if we hadn't elected President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court's wrongheaded interpretation would have been the law of the land."

She went to say how the president's decision to draft the LLFPA was a win for women.

"And that would have been the end of the story. But with President Obama on our side, even though I lost before the Supreme Court, we won. The first bill that President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. I think it says something about his priorities that the first bill he put his name on has my name on it too."

Even former president Bill Clinton (who may have swayed a few Republicans over to the Democratic side last evening with his powerful convention speech last evening) held up the banner on women's issues sighting the president's decision to hire his own wife, Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton. Clinton even made mention that he wanted to vote for the man who decided to marry Michelle Obama.    

"I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside.  A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama", Clinton said.  

Both are women who have made, and continue to make, amazing strides in women's issues, world-wide.

Where Romney stands on 'The Issues'.

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