Banner image: Demonstrators participate in a protest at the Hyatt Regency where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was scheduled to attend a fundraiser on March 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
To the Point: The Politics of WomenKCRW's To The Point (click here to access program).
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One party works to undo health care that will lower cost and insurance rates for women, women become primary breadwinners, a new recession hits women workers hardest, forced ultrasounds, contraceptives and healthcare, working women and stay-at-home moms, married women and single women, women in politics, child care, education, social services... Women's issues have dominated the political headlines over the past several weeks. Guest hosts Sara Terry asks why they've taken center stage, who benefits from the debate, and how important women voters are in this year's election. Also, James Murdoch is questioned on News Corp's political influence in Britain, and move over space tourism. Entrepreneurs have set their eyes on a new frontier, space mining.
James Murdoch Queried on News Corp's Political Influence in UKIn London today, James Murdoch appeared before a judicial inquiry into British press ethics and behavior. His father, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, is expected to testify later this week in the latest chapter of a long-running scandal involving Murdoch-owned newspapers. Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is media editor for the Financial Times.
Is the 'War on Women' Just a War on Words?Every election year, women's issues grab headlines at some point. What's being know this year as "the war on women" is being fueled by many of the same issues that always come up when the conversation is about women. Is there anything new to the latest debate? Working women versus stay-at-home mothers, and reproductive rights have all been hot topics in the past. What's different this year? Is there really such a thing as "the women's vote"? If there is, what defines it? How are the two political parties courting women, and what influence will women voters have in the 2012 election?
The past two years, under a Republican House, women's rights of choice, equal pay, social benefits and even relief in the high cost added for insurance and health care for just being female have been under attack. Now the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for president has built these attacks into his platform. Other women say they would be better off in a return to "morality", social graces and the home.
But is it a war? Hyperbole aside, it is a very real political battle being fought between the two parties for women's votes in the all elections. Will advertising, the media and polarized politics blur the issues and influence the vote, or will their own self interest and the future of their daughters prevail?
The debate is on!
- Dahlia Lithwick: Slate.com, @Dahlialithwick
- Janice Crouse: Beverly Lahaye Institute
- Ann Stone: Republicans for Choice
- Katha Pollitt: The Nation, @KathaPollitt