Gloria Steinem, In Pro-Obama Video: This Election Is A ‘Turning Point’
Huff Post Politics
March 25, 2012
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has released a new video featuring Gloria Steinem, in which the feminist icon argues that this election is a “turning point” and that women should grant Obama a second term if they want to see their rights protected.
“We will lose what we have gained if a Republican candidate were to win,” says Steinem. “So the question is will we be active, will we get out there, will we be self-respecting and forget about party labels and vote for ourselves. Vote for our fundamental human rights?”
The latest appeal comes amid a cascade of state laws and protests from conservatives over women’s reproductive rights, a trend that has sparked a backlash across the nation and prompted former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, a moderate Republican who later switched to the Democratic Party, to tell The Huffington Post in an interview that the GOP is damaging its reputation with women “terribly.”
Steinem, who strongly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries but enthusiastically endorsed Obama when he became the party’s nominee, says in the video, “In the past 50 years, women have banded together to build the most important thing, which is to tell the truth about what’s happening to them. Because of that, we have changed a lot of laws and change is built from the bottom up, like a house, not from the top down. But you need someone at the top who allows you to build a house in the first place, and that’s President Obama.”
“From his personal life, who he married, how he treats his daughters, he understands that women are absolutely full human beings,” she says. “He has a good heart, a good mind, treats people with dignity, doesn’t court conflict and represents I think the best in this country.”
The spot goes on to remind women that Obama’s first act as president was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which made it easier for women to sue for equal wages.