A Republican Congressman has some interesting advice for women: if they plan to give money to a candidate this year, they should probably give it to a Democrat.
New York Representative Richard Hanna was quite candid as he spoke at a D.C. rally for the Equal Rights Amendment. “I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems,” reports Huffington Post. “So many of your rights are under assault. I’ll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side — my side — has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can’t succeed without your help.”
Hanna called the current political climate a “fist fight” and reminded women that they are in fact that majority and can control this election if they really try. “Tell the other women, the other 51 percent of the population, to kick in a few of their bucks. Make it matter, get out there, get on TV, advertise, talk about this. The fact that you want [the ERA] is evidence that you deserve it and you need it.”
Women are already making their voices heard in the polls, where the Republican war on women has been dragging down the popularity of many candidates, most noticeably in the presidential race. The fight has been effecting opinions down the ticket as well, as can be seen in Massachusetts where Republican Senator Scott Brown has gone from leading to trailing in just a matter of weeks.
If women donate, and women vote, we can truly make Congress and the White House understand that we are powerful and, as Hanna puts it, they need us and we matter.
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