Dispatches From The War On Women: Democrats, Women and the Economics of Choice

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. This edition offers a preview of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte but will return to our regular coverage shortly. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

In stark contrast to the Republicans who, at their convention, spoke of the rights of the preborn and praised a very specific vision of motherhood, the Democrats have unveiled a long list of women ready to speak to the diverse and multifaceted role women play in our society and the need for government to respect their fundamental rights of bodily autonomy.

Here’s just a quick rundown of some of the most recognizable names speaking in Charlotte:

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Baldwin stands to be the first openly gay woman elected to the US Senate if she defeats former Wisconsin Governor and Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson in November. While in state politics and as a member of Congress, Baldwin’s been a fierce advocate for women and families.

Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm, is running for Congress in Illinois against Tea Party incumbent and dead-beat dad Joe Walsh. This congressional race is one of the most perfect snapshots of the gender contrast between the parties. Walsh has attacked Duckworth on her military service, going so far as to claim she’s not a “true” hero, despite the fact that Walsh has never served himself and can’t seem to pay his debts.

Sandra Fluke, Georgetown University Student and reproductive rights activist, has not backed down since Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) refused to let her speak at his Congressional hearing on contraception despite the onslaught of hate from the likes of Rush Limbaugh.

Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America will also speak, as will Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. These women are leading the front-line fight against the right’s relentless attacks on reproductive freedom. For Richards especially these have been challenging times as stripping Planned Parenthood of funding it uses to provide health care services to low income women is a pet project of conservatives.

Other notable speakers include Caroline Kennedy, equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, Eva Longoria, Obama Campaign Co-Chair, Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana and U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate.

The list shows Democrats have bench-depth when it comes to finding and developing female leadership. And it is that depth of leadership that translates into a comprehensive embrace of women’s rights. These are not “distractions” as the right claims, nor are Democrats “pandering” to women voters by consistently reminding voters Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan doesn’t think rape is rape. Yes, these women are all pro-choice, but that’s because choice is an issue of fundamental rights for women. Choice is an issue of economics for women and, since women make up at least half of our workforce, choice as a matter of economics is an issue for all voters. And this is the point Democrats, through their female leadership, finally seem to be grasping.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

MY body, MY choice! PERIOD!

Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago

PlauP writes Heather are u Michael's Billy sheep Gruff

Plaup, hey that makes an interesting sound. Let me think for a moment as I try to remember what kinds of substances come to mind that make that kind of sound when it hits the ground.

Are you making another humorous attempt to bait people into an angry tirade?

char l.
Past Member 4 years ago

Where's Elizabeth Warren in the list? I watched her speech on video, and all I could keep thinking was, "Warren in 2016!" The woman is awesome. If Obama (or Biden) had any sense, Biden would have been replaced with Warren. Then Warren would have been perfectly placed for 2016, plus she would be a strong voice for the 99%. Biden is invisible.

Paul P.
Paul P.4 years ago

Heather are u Michael's Billy sheep Gruff....You must be ashamed of your full name since it isn't displayed.. just pointing out evil whereever practiced. Maybe the Care2 dream can be exemplified.
Not selfishness.

a             y m.
g d c.4 years ago


Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago

Still talking this worry wart trash?

China isn’t going to cut up our credit card. They’ve stopped manipulating their currency. You bought into Portman’s conclusions and wrongful cure. We don’t need the Chinese to buy our bonds to keep interest rates on US held low. Even if all the manipulators stop buying US bonds the Fed can easily step in and buy them to keep US interest rates unchanged. So your wish that entitlement checks won’t be sent out says you are a sick person.

Heather G.
Heather G.4 years ago

I see there's a new troll named Paul Peterson who is PETRIFIED of women and wants to blame them for ALL the troubles of the world. Poor Paul Peterson, maybe one day he'll grow up and get a life (and get off you tube).

Suzanne B.
Past Member 4 years ago

p.s. Thank you Pam W. for the troll alert. Excellent!

Suzanne B.
Past Member 4 years ago

It is about time - no, it is long overdue that women take their rightful place in decision making at all levels in society. Not to mention: "Our bodies - Our choice" . As for Paul - my people wrote Genesis in Hebrew - I can read the original. Can you? You have taken who knows what passage out of context - that much is obvious.

Paul P.
Paul P.4 years ago

Females Read Genesis see what your choice got us.
Same as u get at planned parenthood Death in your world
Same old stupid. All caused by selfishness.