It appears that women were the key ingredient to the Romney win in Michigan last night. I'm not here to endorse a candidate or take a victory lap, although I do hope that if Mitt Romney becomes the Republican nominee for president that he will put a woman on the ticket with him. He's the only candidate so far from either party who has even paid lip service to that idea.
My main reason for writing today is to debunk the myths that women are irrelevant on the Republican side and that the Republican women are complicit in the meme that the Republicans want to put women back in the kitchen and saddle them with more babies than what they want, you know that whole "barefoot and pregnant" story that gets repeated ad nauseum. Guess what people-----------IT ISN'T TRUE!!!! And the Michigan Republican primary results yesterday state that loud and clear.
For anyone reading this piece who continues to run up against the screamers on the Democratic side who like to use the above argument as a selling point to get you in line, send them here to read. The truth is that once you take away the extreme element on either side, probably 60--70% of the people in the middle want much of the same things. We want the economy to pick up. We don't care about the divisive abortion arguments. The contraception subject is closed------people can do what they want. We want the election to be about our economic empowerment.
And the Republican women in Michigan put Romney over the top because they care about what the rest of us care about. They have no interest either in blasting women into the Stone Age. They are tired of the attempts to use them as a political football on reproductive rights. The Republican women work just like many of us. They are moms just like many of us. They want their daughters, nieces, and girls in general to have great economic and career opportunities just like the rest of us. What great news that we women want many of the same things regardless of party preference!!! If we would just stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated by party rhetoric and join hands, you would be able to hear those glass ceilings being shattered from coast to coast. It will take courage for we women to break out of our current mold. But we can do it, and we must take the steps to unite. Reach out and befriend a woman from the other side. Put a human face on it for yourself. It will shatter for you forever the ridiculous myths the two parties are putting out about women.
So------it's great news out of Michigan for women today. And there's no need for me to write a whole lot because the women of Michigan have spoken for themselves!!!!