Howard Koplowitz, International Business Times – May 7, 2015
For the first time in U.S. history, two women are running for president, one from each major political party. But while the candidacies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina mark a historic high note for gender equality, there’s no reason to expect that the 2016 election will give women’s issues such as equal pay, childcare and maternity leave a bigger spotlight.
Is the Republican Party doomed to repeat 2012’s “War on Women” in the 2016 presidential campaign? The three male, Republican candidates for president may surprise you. The Democratic Party’s narrative that the Republican Party was committing a “War on Women” was based on a series of remarks that made Todd Akin, Robert Mourdock, Rick Santorum, and Rush Limbaugh household names in 2012. From Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” for her advocacy around contraception, to Santorum’s opposition to abortion in cases of rape, this constellation of extreme statements gave the Democratic Party ample material to demonstrate that the Republican Party was hopelessly out of touch with women, particularly around issues of reproduction and sexuality. While the “War on Women” narrative was less successful for Democrats in last year’s elections, it has reemerged in 2015 with renewed attention to the Republican candidates for president.
Melissa Deckman, Huffington Post – April 22, 2015
As the 2016 presidential election gets into full swing, we can once again expect women’s issues to play a prominent role.
B.A. Morelli, The Gazette – April 22, 2015
Possible GOP presidential contender and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina called Wednesday for creating a meritocracy — a pay structure based on productivity rather than longevity — as a way to improve the gender pay gap and increase women in leadership roles.