Gail Collins: “We Seem To Be Talking About Women, Women, Women”
7:20 pm, February 22nd | by Hillary Reinsberg
“If you had asked me what the big topic of the presidential race was going to be, I’d certainly have said jobs, jobs, jobs. But lately, we seem to be talking about women, women, women,” New York Times columnist Gail Collins writes today on the Opinionator blog.
In conversation with columnist David Brooks, Collins brought up the interesting point that the 2012 race has so far been extremely focused on female issues:
“In Washington they’re fighting about whether it’s a good plan to have all-male panels discussing women’s right to get contraceptives under their health insurance. In Virginia they’re debating abortion and Mississippi is thinking about bringing back the personhood amendment its voters defeated last year. In Indiana this week there was a dust-up in the State Legislature over the Girl Scouts, and whether they promote abortion and homosexuality.”
While the 2008 election prominently featured women (Palin and Clinton of course), this one hasn’t seen any female voices since Michele Bachmann bowed out. But as we saw with a certain hearing last week, many people in Washington seem to be perfectly okay with talking about women’s issues without any women being part of the conversation.