Voting this year can help stop recent setbacks of women’s rights, says Martha Burk in her book “Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Power, Politics and the Change We Need.” But before heading to the ballot box, press candidates and arm yourself with knowledge.
No, Virginia Rometty, the new female CEO of IBM, was not offered the “green jacket” of admission to Augusta National Golf Club. And Big Blue did nothing. Women are still shut off this power turf and can be shunned even if they’re CEOs.
In a special commentary, Martha Burk, head of an organization representing 6 million women, argues President Reagan injected into Republican politics a strain of virulent anti-woman policies that continues to infect its ideology.
Presidential candidates proclaim they are pro-women and scramble for the women’s vote. But proof of their protestations lies largely in the appointments of women to all levels in the next administration. Currently, they are less than one-third.
The state’s highest court rejected ballot initiatives similar to those passed in other states that outlawed affirmative action. Ruling unanimously, the court said that voters were entitled to the “full truth” before casting their ballots.