Searching for Ms. Josephine: women and the vote

The Women’s Media Center has a complaint and a question regarding this year’s presidential campaign: “Enough about Joe the Plumber and Joe Six-Pack. Let’s talk about Josephine, the single mother of three with no health insurance or paid sick leave who makes less than the Joe working next to her. What about her stakes in this election?”

Women are feeling slighted over the presidential debate process, the center tells us, as well as its lack of interest in addressing many issues of interest to women. However, several groups are taking action.

The Women’s Media Center, Unity, Journalists of Color and others, are pressing for a meeting with the Presidential Debate Commissioners, according to center news.

WMC Honorary Advisory Council member Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation had this to say: “Thank god this is the last debate. We have been treated to some of the most trivial questioning and bad moderators in the recent history of Presidential debates.”

A session with the candidates to specifically address women’s issues was requested. DC correspondent Peg Simpson look at the ongoing, but so far unsuccesful attempts to mount a forum with the candidates and women voters.

Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices participant Mable Yee writes on the Women’s Media Center Web site about her persuasive new documentary on women of color and the vote, Engage Her. Huge numbers of registered Asian, Latina and African American women did not vote in the last elections — and, in some cases “the reason was amazingly simple: no one asked them to vote.” Available online with Mandarin subtitles, the documentary has powerful interviews with an urgent message, according to the Women’s Media Center.

An additional women voter note: The center has joined The National Council of Research on Women’s Big Five campaign, to bring attention to several critical issues that matter to women: economic security, health care, immigration, violence and education. Headed by PWV participant Linda Basch, NCRW’s Executive Director, the public information campaign is the result of the work of 2,000 scholars in the 115 research, advocacy, and policy centers in NCRW’s network.


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