NOW is the Time to Press Obama on Feminist Issues
by catchaz, Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 12:52:32 PM EDT
All over the country, pundits, politicians, and probably even Barack Obama himself are asking the same question:
What do Hillary Clinton supporters want?
Now is the time to contact the Obama campaign or surrogates directly and give them the answer to that question.
Of course the Clinton supporters will have to decide how to answer that question, and for many the only answer will have to do with giving Clinton the veep spot or another high level post. but i would respectfully suggest that it is time to move beyond support for a single candidate and ask Obama to address ALL feminist issues.
And there will NEVER be a better time to do it than right now.
The entire political world is watching, and the Obama campaign will obviously be in furious fence-mending mode. everyone who believes in feminist issues, which are to me the #1 priority in any election, should take the time to write, e-mail or call the Obama campaign, any local or state politicians from your area that are supporting Obama, and the DNC and all agents of the Democratic party and ask, or maybe even better, DEMAND, that feminist issues be given a major priority in the convention, in the campaign, and in an Obama presidency.
It seems some feminists have already made Obama begin to address women's issues more directly. a major failing of his campaign website was that it did not contain a page on "women's issues." apparently, many women wrote to the campaign about this glaring omission, including one MyDD regular (to whom i apologize for not remembering their name) who wrote to the campaign regularly, and then reported here that a new section titled "women's issues" was added to campaign site. it is only a very small step, but it is an important one, and i thank all the people who helped get this needed first step.
Feminist and women's issues are American issues. but America has let American women down, especially in the last 8 years. whether focused on reproductive freedom, equal pay for equal work, stopping violence against women, or just addressing the general issue of sexism that we have seen at its worst during this campaign (even from supposedly progressive men i might add), this is vital work that we need to make up for alot of lost time on.
So whatever feminist issues are the most important to you, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact the Obama campaign and all Democratic campaign or local and regional officals you can think of and ask or DEMAND that they bring a laser-beam focus on those issues.
Barack Obama can NOT win the presidency without female support. thus, in my opinion, he OWES the women of the nation a progressive feminist campaign and a presidency that focuses sincerely on issues that affect women. I do believe, but you don't have to, that Obama does already care about these issues. but it is time to hold his feet to the fire.