What are women to do in today’s political climate? More specifically, what should the organizations that represent them in Washington do for the next two years? In my view, the task for the women’s movement is
clear. The task is to speak up clearly and loudly to affirm women’s rights to full participation in the economy, polity, and society.
Polls show that women are generally more progressive than men, they support an active government and more generous help for the poor, and are more likely to say they are willing to pay higher taxes to achieve their
objectives. In short, women are the perfect supporters of activist Democratic politicians, and, particularly in 1980 when the Republican
party moved to the right, abandoning its long-standing support for women’s rights, women moved to the Democratic party in droves. In 1992 they elected President Clinton; in 1994, they failed to come out in their usual numbers. Those who did gave only a light majority of their votes to Democrats, reducing their support for Democratic candidates substantially
compared to past levels.
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