“I’m more than just a set of reproductive organs and I’d like someone to talk to me about how they’ll help my pocketbook and keep my health care plan that I like, and Democrats don’t have a good response to that,” said Katie Packer Gage, deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012 who recently started a consultancy to advise Republican candidates about outreach to women.
I certainly hold more beliefs and concerns, than those you might consider directly related to so-called women’s issues. I care about the economy, I care about the environment, I care about international politics, I care about maintaining a fair, democratic process. I also care to remain part of the great conversation that is this nation. I care to be a full, participating citizen. When a candidate shows me he or she does not believe women are equal to men, they show me that they do not believe I have the right to participating in the democratic process, that they believe my voice does not belong to the national dialogue and that they will not protect my right to express any of beliefs or concerns, “women’s issue” or not.
(I hate calling things like birth control a women’s issue, but that’s a whole other rant.)