Blog Running – The Republican ‘War On Women” – ‘The right’s other “war on women”: 5 ways the assault is about way more than abortion’
‘One in 3 women are living in or on the verge of poverty — nationwide, that’s 42 million women and 28 million children who depend on them’.
‘So it seems pretty obvious that women would be paying attention when Republicans (aided in many cases by Democrats) slash food assistance programs at a time of record need’.
‘Congress voted in February to cut $9 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next ten years, just two months after $11 billion had already been slashed from the program when a 2009 benefits increase expired. These reductions have cost families an average of $90 each month, a heavy hit for those already struggling to keep food on the table’.
‘Republican indifference to the millions of women facing food insecurity becomes that much more striking when you consider that the $9 billion in cuts in the final bill was a dramatic reduction from the outrageous $40 billion House Republicans originally demanded’.
‘Women care about voting rights because women vote. More than men, actually’.
‘Low-income women may struggle to obtain the necessary ID because accessing birth records and other documentation can be costly and out of reach for many’.
‘Women over the age of 65 — who outnumber men over the age of 65 — are also less likely to have a form of identification required by these new laws’.
‘Women are also more likely than men to be enrolled in college, and students who attend out of state universities are disproportionately impacted by voter ID laws’.
‘These laws threaten the votes of married women who may have changed or hyphenated their names’.
‘They jeopardize the rights of trans women, who can face several obstacles while trying to obtain an ID that reflects their name and gender’.
‘Voter ID laws are, generally speaking, bad for women’.
‘Two out of every 3 minimum wage workers is a woman, and many of those women are also mothers or the primary caregivers in their households’.
‘Despite widespread support across gender and party lines, Republican lawmakers almost uniformly oppose a modest raise to the minimum wage, making the party’s appeals to women’s “pocketbooks” particularly laughable’.
‘Raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to a meager $10.10 an hour would boost earnings for 28 million workers, and would help lift millions of women out of poverty’.
‘More than 25 percent of low-wage and low-income workers are single mothers, but at the current minimum wage, a woman who works full-time can expect to make an average of $14,500 each year’.
‘That’s $4,000 dollars less than the poverty level for a mother of two children’.
‘This time last year, Gayle Trotter, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, became something of a conservative celebrity when she testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence that “guns make women safer.” Trotter celebrated what she called the power of “scary-looking guns” to help women defend themselves against “hardened violent criminals.”
‘As I argued at the time, Trotter’s views on women and guns are not based in reality’.
‘According to recent data, more than 60 percent of women killed by a firearm in 2010 were murdered by a current or former intimate partner’.
‘And far from protecting women, the presence of a firearm during a domestic violence incident increases the likelihood of a homicide by a staggering 500 percent’.
‘The recent Republican fight in Arizona and elsewhere in the country to let private companies discriminate against LGBTQ people puts them out of step with even moderates in the GOP, but it puts them even further out of step with LGBTQ women voters and their allies’.
‘But it’s not just about Arizona’.
‘Despite widespread support for the Employer Non-Discrimination Act, House Speaker John Boehner has said that he sees “no basis or need” for the legislation to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual or gender identity’.
‘The measure passed in the Senate, but has yet to come to a vote in the House because of Republican opposition to the measure’.
From : http://www.salon.com/2014/03/10/the_rights_other_war_on_women_5_ways_the_assault_is_about_way_more_than_abortion