Leaders of the American feminist movement are predicting another tough for years. The groups lobbied hard to defeat President Bush but were dismayed
when he had better support from females than in 2000. They remain concerned about the Bush conservative agenda from court appointments to economic
choices that could harm women.
NEW YORK - America's feminist leaders and their critics agree on at least one current political fact: These are daunting times for the women's
movement as it braces for another term of an administration it desperately wanted to topple.
"The next four years are going to be tough, so we must be tougher," National Organization for Women (news - web sites) president Kim Gandy recently
told supporters. "Our health, our rights, and our democracy are teetering on the brink."
NOW, the Feminist Majority Foundation and numerous like-minded groups campaigned zealously against President Bush (news - web sites), contending that
his economic agenda would inflict disproportionate harm on women and that his potential judicial appointments could jeopardize abortion rights.
To the feminists' dismay, Bush not only won — but he sharply reduced the Democrats' "gender gap" edge among women voters. Republicans also increased
their majorities in Congress; new GOP senators include several staunch foes of abortion.
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I find it very interesting that female support for Bush was greater in 2004. This is despite a heavy effort by these groups to prevent that. Like him
or demonize him, this highlights the brilliance of Carl Rove. He managed to construct a campaign that negated the efforts of these groups despite
being out fund raised.
Yeah, that was a Rove classic - to label women "Security Moms". Took away the "Soccer Mom" edge from the Dem's. You know, the one's that were
being zip-tied and "herded into a fenced off area like a herd of cattle that is causeing problems on the range" because they tried to protest.:shk:
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