Mitt Romney patted Republican and Congressman Paul Ryan on the back as his VP pick over the weekend. Although many may be questioning how Obama is going to direct the nation for the next four years, what we’re sure of is it’ll be in a path that is forward, rather than backwards as the right is attempting to take. It may seem that the 1950s was a peaceful time in America, a quaint one in which women ascribed to domestic roles and cooked lovely plates of mashed potatoes and steak for their working husbands. But Obama recognizes it’s the 21st century, and those oppressive waves against women’s rights should no longer control our space today.
Let’s break it down. What is Obama doing for us women?
He strongly believes in equality on the job front and is pushing Congress to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that would guarantee equal pay for women.
He’s made birth control free for women, because the right to protect one’s sexual health shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Not only has he done this, but he’s also extended healthcare benefits for women.
By pushing and passing his healthcare reform, Obama has given more women in granting them the right to choose.
The other side?
They want to end funding to places like Planned Parenthood, severely impacting women’s birth control options, especially those who find these options extremely costly.
Paul Ryan has voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which calls for equal pay and work-life balance for women.
They want to ban common forms of birth control, which seeks to eliminate the right for women to choose.
We can’t call ourselves fighters for women’s rights and stand to get those rights obliterated from our lives. Let’s not go back to the 1950s. Freedom is not free; we must, as those in the past did, fight for what we know is right. One way to do that is exercising your electoral rights this fall. In order to win, in order to maintain and enhance the work that women strived for during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, we have to make sure that we are backing the right team and putting the right people in those powerful seats to save our country.
If you’re on the path forward, visit Women for Obama today to learn more about how we as females can set a precedence in this upcoming election.