Contrary to what the MSM says, some feminists have started to understand that Sarah Palin is a real advocate for women, much more than Obama, who is a real hypocrite on the subject.
And these feminists have decided to support the Republican ticket, contrary to the most radical, left-wing feminists like the members of NOW, who have repeatedly claimed Sarah Palin is not a good representative for women.
In a rally in Henderson, in Nevada yesterday, Sarah Palin was joined on stage by high-profile feminists, defectors from Hillary Clinton's camp -- Lynn Rothschild, a member of the Democratic Platform Committee, and Elaine Lafferty, a former editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine -- along with Shelly Mandell, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, Linda Klinge, the vice president of Oregon's NOW chapter and Prameela Bartholomeusz, a small business owner and member of the Democratic National Platform Committee.
Sarah Palin began her speech with a vibrant address to all the women who were present :
"I have a question for the women in the audience : Are you willing to break the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America?"
And she spoke as a true feminist herself, denouncing Obama's lack of sincerity when it comes to women's problems and gender equality.
And she continued, using very harsh words to describe him as a hypocrite who fails to treat women -- including Clinton -- as equals.
A lot of women were present yesterday in Henderson
She slammed him in particular for not seriously considering Clinton to be his running-mate :
"When it came time for choosing, somehow Barack Obama just couldn't bring himself to pick the woman who got 18 million votes in his primary, and that seems to be too familiar a story isn't it?" (...)
Sarah Palin Rally at the Henderson Pavillion on October 21, 2008
She astutely compared his decision to the discrimination women face in the workplace every day :
How it is for so many American women that the qualifications are there, but for some reason the promotion never comes? You've got to ask yourself, why wasn't Senator Hillary Clinton even vetted by the Obama campaign?"
"Why did it take 24 years, an entire generation from the time Geraldine Ferraro made her pioneering bid until the next time that a woman was asked to join a national ticket?" she continued.
"In the long history of our country, 74 people have held the position of President or Vice-President, and why have the major parties given America only two chances to even consider a woman for either office?" Palin asked. "This glass ceiling, it is still there, but it's about time that we shattered that glass ceiling once and for all."
Well, these words are very comforting for all the women who have had the impression that the heroine they believed in - Hillary- has totally betrayed them recently.
Of course, Hillary used the "glass ceiling" metaphor during her Democratic primary run, but her behaviour these days is all but feminist : obeying a man's orders, and doing everything he tells her to do, including asserting that he'll be ready on day one whereas she thinks the contrary !
Fortunately, Sarah Palin found the right words yesterday, especially when she went on to suggest Obama discriminated against women employees in his own Senate office, as opposed to GOP presidential nominee John McCain.
"There is a difference between what Barack Obama says and what he does," she declared.
"Out on the stump, he talks about things like equal pay for equal work, but according to Senate records, women on his staff get just 83 cents for every dollar that the men get. What is with that? Does he think that the women aren't working as hard? Does he think they're 17 percent less productive?"
"I know one senator who does pay women equal pay," she added, referring to McCain.
The Palin campaign cited press reports from last month and Senate records to back its claims on Obama's pay to Senate staffers.
She also emphasized her own experience as a working mother, and swore she would serve as an advocate not only for working women, but for females around the world as vice president.
"When we make laws in Washington...they need to serve the mothers who are taking care of their families.To make all this happen, working mothers need an advocate, and they will have one when this working mother is working for all of you in the White House."
"The working women of this country, those who work inside the home and outside of the home, they're overlooked by politicians in Washington, and Barack Obama hasn't given us a single reason to believe that he would be any better."
"Our opponents think they have the women's vote all locked up, which is a little presumptuous," she said, as the crowd's roar of approval drowned her out. "A little presumptuous, and only our side has a woman on the ticket."
Sarah Palin got loud applause from the public, in particular women, who were moved by her wonderful speech.
And, as usual, she also got a little more personal, especially when she praised her husband Todd for his support while she has pursued her political career, while saying said that federal laws need to better support working mothers -- especially those in households without a father.
"I've been very, very blessed to have a husband who's supported me along the way. He's a great dad who doesn't disappear at bath time or run from diaper duty, and I appreciate that," Palin added. "But a lot of women have it much, much harder than I’ve had it. And they need child care, which today can cost some families a third of their household budget. And they need reforms in labor laws that allow greater flexibility in the workplace, including more tele-commuting. And they need a tax code that doesn’t penalize working families."
Sarah Palin arrives for a rally with daughters Piper (R), 7, and Willow (C), 13, and son Trig (held by Willow) in Henderson, Nevada October 21, 2008.
As she has done before on the campaign trail, she cited the positive impact that Title IX had on her career.
"Women of my generation were allowed finally to make more of our own choices with education, with career, and I have never forgotten that we owe that opportunity to women, to feminists who came before us," Palin said. "The belief in equal opportunity is not just the cause of feminists, it's the creed of our country -- equal opportunity."
Moreover, Sarah Palin also promised that if elected, she would seek to spread that opportunity to other women around the world, especially for those in countries facing persecution where women are "murdered in honor killings, places where women are sold like commodities in the nightmare world of the sex trade, and places where baby girls are unwelcome as a matter of state policy and their mothers are forced to have abortions."
Sarah Palin, right, follows her daughter Willow, as she carries her brother, Trig, and leads her sister, Piper, down the stairs as they arrive for an appearance in Grand Junction, Colo., Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.
"Now no one person, no one leader, can bring an end to all of those ills, to all of the injustices inflicting upon women,” she said. “But I can promise you this, if I am elected, these women, too, will have an advocate and a defender in the 47th vice president of the United States.”
If I remember well, I have never heard Obama speak in so moving terms of women and women's situation all over the world.
But you'll tell me it is normal, as he is a man !
That is why if I were an American voter, I would certainly not hesitate a second in the voting-booth : I would cast my vote for the McCain / Palin ticket, for I think a woman is much more qualified to deal with women's issues than a man who is used to paying his female staffers less than his male employees !
I know what some radical feminists are going to answer me : Sarah Palin is not a good advocate for women. She is against abortion.
Sarah and her daughter Piper take the stage at a rally October 21, 2008 in Reno, Nevada. Nevada is considered a battleground state for the November 4 election
Don't bother to tell me that ! It won't make me change my mind.
I think abortion is not the only problem that women have to face.
And I also think that Democrats and NOW have been trying to scare voters for a long time, repeating that Republicans intend to deprive women of their right to abort.
It will not happen.
The Roe vs Wade decision won't be overturned. Has it been overturned under Bush's administration ?
Why would McCain do something that Bush himself was afraid to do ?
So,please, Obamaniacs and radical feminists, stop using this false argument to try to convince women to vote for a man who is nothing but a fraud, and who does not give a damn about their daily problems.