CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention Women’s Caucus that women have the most to gain by re-electing Barack Obama and the most to lose if Republicans win.
“Aren’t you proud of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama?” Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked the cheering crowd of both men and women.
Influential speakers on the program for the caucus also oncluded CNN analyst Donna Brazile, actress Ashley Judd, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
Topics discussed included abortion, healthcare and jobs.
“[Republicans] believe the solution to unemployment is hidden in our uterus,” said Richards.
Women support Obama because he has created laws that directly impact their lives.
Obama passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which was the first bill he signed into law. The Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which says that the 180-day statute-of-limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action.
Issues such as the right to buy contraception are now being brought up once again.
“They’re trying to send us so far back, we’ll be in the kitchen,” said Richards. “And if I have to be in the kitchen, y’all will starve.”
The women were trying to get everyone “Fired up, and ready to go” for the Obama campaign because they were crucial voters back in 2008.
Sixty-six percent of women voted compared to men’s 62 percent, according to the census. And 73 percent of women were registered to vote compared to 69 percent of men.