The past week has been a whirlwind for those following the story of Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law Student who was denied a chance to testify at Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) hearing on the impact of insurance coverage for contraception.
While the denial, levied because she was supposedly not “qualified” to speak, is cause enough for outrage, it was the verbal attacks of radio personality Rush Limbaugh (and other Conservaties) that mobilized the internet. Since accusing Fluke of being a “slut” and a “prostitution,” for advocating female access to contraceptives, Limbaugh has been the target of a viral outcry. Sites like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook have been ablaze as hundreds of thousands call upon advertisers to pull their commercials from Limbaugh’s radio program.
And the surge of men and women offended by Limbaugh’s comments has already seen success: a growing number of companies have either pulled or suspended their ads on the show.
Through it all, Fluke has remained poised, speaking with grace on behalf of women here, and around the world. The only time I’ve seen her truly rattled, is in the clip below, where Fluke describes receiving a thank you call from President Barack Obama.
Sandra, I think I speak for the Care2 community when I say we, too, are extremely proud of you.
Image via YouTube clip above