The War on Women

The tables have turned on the so-called Republican War on Women.

Hilary Rosen, a Democratic pundit, criticized Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, for being a stay-at-home mom, saying “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we — why we worry about their future.”

Stephen Colbert had a lot to say on Colbert Report last night. Although he typically seems to side with the Democratic party and would be considered part of the “liberal media” (even though he’s supposed to be unbiased…), he said Rosen “put her foot in Obama‘s mouth.”

Colbert satirically described the “War on Women” as an invention of the liberal media, similar to Global Warming and the female orgasm. He implied this made-up war is more important to the American public than the actual war our country is fighting in Afghanistan. Is this true?

President Obama is more popular among women than Romney. Since the Republican party has been so vocal against Obama‘s birth control plan, it would make sense that most women would prefer a Democratic president who has supported the legislation.

In an effort to win back female voters, Romney said the Obama administration has actually been responsible for “turning the clock back 20 years on American women.” Romney claims 92.3 percent of jobs lost during the Obama administration were by women.

Washington Post’s Fact Check seems to disagree. They look at the recession (which began 13 months before President Bush left office) as a whole. In the first months of the recession, more male jobs were lost, especially because of the nature of this recession. Since the recession was caused by the housing bubble burst, many construction jobs were lost, a field typically dominated by men. Later, jobs in sectors with female employees were lost. But, the current unemployment rate is 8.3 percent for men and 8.1 percent for women, so there is a higher percentage of men out of work than women. How is that setting American back 20 years? 

So is Romney’s statistic valid? Colbert cited a Washington Post report (which I was unable to find) saying Romney was “True, but False.” In response, Colbert said the Washingon Post’s report was “Helpful, but useless.”

It seems to me women are becoming a pawn in the political spectrum. Although women hold offices in Washington, there are far more men than women. Women only hold 16.8 percent of seats in Congress. How is that a fair representation? 

Regardless of whether women choose to be stay-at-home moms or work as a corporate CEO, all women deserve representation. Fighting amongst women (like Rosen‘s comments about Ann Romney) is not furthering the case. In fact, it’s only fueling the fire against women. It’s upsetting that women have become pawns in this political race, in more ways than one.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fact-check-romneys-eye-popping-statistic-on-job-losses-by-women-raises-eyebrows-too/2012/04/11/gIQAjxqCBT_story.html

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/412439/april-12-2012/stephen-colbert-s-end-of-the-world-of-the-week—survivalist-singles—kfc-disaster?xrs=share_copy

http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/documents/elective.pdf

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/ann-romney-responds-to-democratic-pundit-saying-she-never-worked-a-day-in-her-life/2012/04/12/gIQApstpBT_blog.html

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