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Where Does Sarah Palin Stand on Women’s Issues?

Why Women Should Vote on Issues, Not Gender

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Gov. Sarah Palin (AK-R)

Gov. Sarah Palin (AK-R)

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Filed In: Womens Issues and Politics

No Matter Where You Stand, Do Not Vote Vagina

Different issues are important to different women. How women vote, is a personal choice, but a choice that should be made based on knowing where you stand on women's issues and where your candidate stands.

At a time when the U.S. is suffering many hardships, it is important to vote on who you feel is best-suited for the job-at-hand, and not on gender. Perhaps this is why women's rights groups are now refusing to support Sarah Palin simply because she is a mother and a woman.

The National Organization of Women (NOW) has refused to support Sara Palin as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential choice. NOW, is only one of several major women special interest groups that is urging women not to vote gender; not to vote for Palin.

In a August 29, 2008 press release, NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy stated, "Gov. Palin may be the second woman vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, but she is not the right woman. Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women's rights, just like John McCain."

One can only speculate why McCain chose Palin and many pundits have suggested it was to gain the Hillary vote. But regardless of his reasons, it is clear in her short political career she has not supported many important issues and challenges facing women in the U.S.

Sarah Palin Being a Mom Does Not Count as a Qualification to Serve as Vice President

Sarah Palin has five children, four of whom are under the age of 18, including a 4-month-old baby with Down syndrome. While Palin has been praised, as she deserves, for choosing to give birth to her son knowing before the birth of her child that he had Down syndrome, she also went back to work only days after his birth. Most mothers would take time off.

Does this show Palin is more dedicated to her job than to her own family? I think it would be unfair to make such a judgment; yet it is also unfair to praise her example of motherhood as a reason to support her as a vice president.

Palin is an outspoken critic of a woman's "right to choose." She does live by those words, as is exemplified by her own personal choices already made and in theoretical choices she has considered. She has publicly stated that even if her own daughter was impregnated by a rapist, she would refuse to consider abortion as an option. Now we find out that her own 17-year-old daughter is in fact, pregnant, but is getting married to the baby's father as a solution to the unplanned pregnancy.

But women should not vote based on one issue. There are more issues and choices for women to make than just considering "pro-life" or "pro-choice."

Sarah Palin on Sexual Harassment

Palin was warned that her appointment of a top public safety commissioner had been formally accused and reprimanded for sexual harassment. She ignored this information and later had to withdraw the appointment.

Sarah Palin on Equal Pay

At the announcement of her selection as vice president, Palin offered no opinion as to whether or not she supports fair pay for women.

However, Sen. John McCain opposed the S. 1843: Fair Pay Restoration Act sponosored by Sen. Barack Obama, and on September 1, 2008, Palin goes on record of supporting McCain's opposition for legislating equal pay for women, nor do they think the 180-day limit for filing complaints in unfair wage disputes should be changed.

Sarah Palin on Education

She has stated that she believes the "No Child Left Behind" program is working.

Sarah Palin on Global Warming and The Environment

Like many Republicans in power (including George Bush), Palin remains a skeptic about global warming and her actions correlate with this belief.

Sarah Palin does deserve credit for creating a new sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska. However, she also clearly stated that she does not "attribute it [climate changes] to being man-made." She further stated her ideas on the environment are not global and would "affect Alaska more than any other state."

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Sources:
NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy. National Organization of Women. Press Release August 8, 2008.
Nneka Onu. Associated Content. "Sarah Palin: Plain and Short for Women Issues." August 31, 2008.

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