With less than a week to go before the U.S. elections, is there any woman out there who still is undecided? If that's you and you're reading this, well, then...keep reading. Before you go into that voting booth, you should be armed to the gills with information as to why this election -- far and above any other that has preceded it -- is of critical importance to women.
There are many, many issues on the line. Of course we're all worried about the economy, but it's fairly clear that one lone figure in the White House has only so much control over changing the course of the nation without Congressional support. But that one key figure in the White House can change the lives of women for the next two decades with his appointments to the Supreme Court, his support for or disavowal of a woman's right to determine her reproductive future, and his maintaining or overturning the Affordable Care Act which offers 8 specific benefits/preventive services to women which are sorely needed.
That one key figure in the White House may be the only powerful individual women can rely on to stand against the very real Republican War on Women that's being waged right now.
For almost a year I've held off on using that phrase because it didn't seem right. Perhaps this was all just coincidence. Perhaps there wasn't any single-minded intent behind it. But after spending the last few weeks looking into this topic -- and covering many disparate but related stories -- it's clear there *is* such a war happening right under our noses. If you're not seeing it, it's because you're shutting your eyes.
And if you don't vote, you're throwing away your power of self-determination....and putting that power into the hands of those who will make decisions you don't like -- decisions that will compromise and hurt your children and grandchildren who have the misfortune to be female.
The Republican War on Women is real. Be absolutely sure you know what's at stake before you go into that voting booth.