A lost opportunity for perspective on women’s rights

In the second presidential debate, a young woman asked the candidates, “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”

Rather than discuss the reasons why the wage gap will always exist, each candidate parlayed the question into his own talking points on how he has supported women’s equality in the past. Romney discussed his efforts as governor to increase the number of females in his cabinet (more spacious accommodations than the rest of the women who remained in his “binders”). Obama discussed the Lily Ledbetter act, which is more of a tool of vengeance for women with past grievance than a solution to eradicating any perceived inequalities currently in play.

Then Obama discussed how he mandated that insurance companies cover contraceptives. He emphasized this point, clearly believing that this action marks him a champion of women’s rights.

In July, Democrats held a fake hearing in the House of Representatives and recruited 31-year-old Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student, to fake testify on birth control mandates. Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh ridiculed the spectacle and engaged in crass attacks on Fluke herself. For this and for panhandling for birth control in the halls of the Capitol, Sandra Fluke received a phone call from President Obama in which he voiced his support.

Will Malala Yousafzai get a call from Obama?  Continue reading