To All Women: A Vote for the GOP is a Vote Against Yourself

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Graphic by Joanne Barrett. Image courtesy of UniteWomen.org Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UniteWomen

To all the women in America:

We are all counting on each and every one of you to get out and vote this November and to turn every state and DC in your favor. That means, of course, as far away from the Republican party as we can get.

I know most women already know this. Now it’s time to make sure everyone else in America knows it, too, and that is this: A vote for a Republican – any Republican at any level of government – is a vote AGAINST women and FOR a party that thinks of women as second class citizens and who wants to legislate against women as second class citizens.

The facts are all around us. I know you women know them, but let me share just a couple that make the point about as obvious as it can be made to the rest of the populace.

 

Hobby Lobby

It’s clear, right? 5 men on the Supreme Court voted in favor of a corporation and AGAINST a woman’s right to have access to the health care of her choice.

All 5 of those men were appointed by a Republican president.

Samual Alito – George W. Bush
John Roberts – George W. Bush
Antonin Scalia – Ronald Reagan
Anthony Kennedy – Ronald Reagan
Clarence Thomas – George H. W. Bush

 

Lilly Ledbetter

5 men – the very same 5 who voted FOR Hobby Lobby – voted in favor of Goodyear Tire and Rubber and AGAINST women in the 2007 Supreme Court case, Lilly Ledbetter vs Goodyear Tire and Rubber.

That ruling was effectively overturned in 2009 by the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

It passed in the Senate 61-36. Every No vote was cast by a Republican Senator. Every single one. Only 4 GOP Senators voted for it.

The bill then passed in the House 250-177. 173 of the 177 No votes were cast by Republicans. Only 3 Republicans voted for it.

That law, incidentally, was the second attempted piece of legislation with that name. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 originated in the House as H.R. 2831. It had 93 CoSponsors. All Democrats.

That bill passed the House 225-199. Only two Republicans voted for it. 193 of the 199 No votes were GOP No votes.

When it reached the Senate, it failed to get the 60 votes necessary to avoid a filibuster. Why? Because only 5 Republicans voted for cloture and to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. 41 of the 42 No votes were by Republicans.

And, can you guess which presidential candidate was AGAINST the Lilly Ledbetter Act of 2007? Yes, the one with a woman as his running mate.

 

It may not have always been this way, but the realities today are undeniable.

Republicans are, among other things, steadfastly against women. Roe v Wade is settled law, isn’t it? How can anyone in the 21st century think it’s ok to pay a woman less for the same job or, even worse, dictate to her as an employee what she can and cannot have access to in her health insurance because of the owner’s religious beliefs?

Who thinks like that????

It might not be a war on women being waged by the GOP, but it sure as hell isn’t supportive of women in any way that I can see.

Women of all ages and place, and especially young urban women, I implore you to vote in the midterms this year. You will make the difference.

I also invite all women to post more examples here of how you feel you’re viewed and treated by your government and by the political parties. Feel free to share links and resources, too.

#Vote2014 #RememberInNovember

 

Sources:

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burwell_v._Hobby_Lobby

Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ledbetter_v._Goodyear_Tire_%26_Rubber_Co.

S. 181 (111th): Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (On Passage of the Bill):
Senate – https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/111-2009/s14
House- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/111-2009/h37

H.R. 2831 (110th): Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 (On Passage of the Bill): https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/110-2007/h768

Supreme Court of the United States: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States

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