What do feminists really want?

August 29, 2008 | NeW Staff

Throughout the election cycle, feminists have highlighted the importance of getting a woman on the ballot.  They often said they wanted a woman, regardless of party affiliation.  That was an easy argument when Hillary Clinton seemed like the most likely contender.  John McCain has stolen their thunder by picking a Republican woman.  It took the National Organization for Women (NOW) less than three hours to release a statement against Governor Palin.  Part of the statement reads,

“Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical effort to appeal to disappointed Hillary Clinton voters and get them to vote, ultimately, against their own self-interest.
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.

The fact that Palin is a mother of five who has a 4-month-old baby, a woman who is juggling work and family responsibilities, will speak to many women. But will Palin speak FOR women? Based on her record
and her stated positions, the answer is clearly No.”

Does NOW think that women are not smart enough to recognize their own “self-interest?”  What kind of view of women is this?  This is a harsh statement from an organization that claims to represent the interests of women.

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