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Published: Sunday, Aug. 26 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Merely voting will not insure gender equality. Who you vote for is critical. Look at platforms for the two parties and the views of the candidates and then women (and men) should vote for those that will advance the equality and political standing of women. Women should look long and hard at issues directly affecting them and their families. Healthcare, Birth Control, Abortion, Employment.

One party and its candidates want women to vote to ratify the views of the 1950's and before. The other party and its candidates lean forward on these matters. For example, take a hard look at the Republican plank on abortion, and ask yourself if your pregnant daughter was dying or she was raped,should federal or state criminal law compel her to carry the child to term?

As the Republican nominee, Romney could have had that plank modified. But he chose not to do so. He wants exception in the abortion law for rape, incest, etc. So, why did he not use his power to modify the Republican position?

ustraveler
Victor, ID

The author makes some valid points and truthfully notes the uphill climb women had in earlier decades. However, she glosses over what's happening now. a much larger percentage of women enter college. A much larger percentage of women get a college degree. For the first time, more graduate degrees now go to women. The recent recession has become known as a "man"cession. In my own county, I see many women who kept their jobs as nurses and dental assistants while I see many men who leave their families for weeks at a time to work in the Bakken oil field in North Dakota.

If the trend is skewed so much towards women, why do we need to continue to devote time and resources in that direction when so many of our young boys and men struggle? I'm all for equality but doesn't it cut both ways?

One last comment about @Mike in Cedar City, I believe the focus of the Romney campaign is the economy. Anything else seems to detract from the conversation. Does anyone honestly think the Republicans will bring back the 1950's with RoeVsWade still in play?

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

To ustraveler 12:14 p.m. Aug. 27, 2012

From what I've seen, the Republicans (especially those on the far right fringes like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney and Todd Akin) not only want to reverse Roe v Wade, they also want to reverse Griswold v Connecticut (the decision that gives women the right to decide whether they want to use contraception). If Mitt didn't agree with those far right views, he would have had the plank concerning reproduction in the Republican platform adjusted to mitigate the far right viewpoint, and he has said he would nominate judges who would support the far right viewpoint on reproduction. Even more than Roe, it is imperative that Griswold stay in effect if women are to be free to achieve success.

Yes, I think the Republicans will try to bring back the 1950s. It is imperative that those efforts be blocked (both within the party like my husband and I, both Republicans) are trying to do AND at the ballot box where we can be sure that any Republicans who are elected are mainstream and not on the far right frings.

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