EMILY’s List Launches Campaign Against Sarah Palin

Few names inspire such strong reactions among women’s groups as the name Sarah Palin. After her unsuccessful run for vice president, Palin has been supporting women candidates for office and naming herself a feminist and naming her followers “Mama Grizzlies.”

On Tuesday Politico reported EMILY’s List launched a national campaign called “Sarah Palin Doesn’t Speak for Me” to show Palin doesn’t have the monopoly on women’s votes. EMILY’s List is a fundraising group that promotes women candidates for office who support abortion rights.

Politico also reported the following comment from EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock:

“Palin has made it her mission to defeat candidates who have worked hard to champion the rights of women and families across the country and replace them with conservative candidates who want to repeal health care, stand with Big Business and eliminate a woman’s right to choose. So today, EMILY’s List is calling on women — and men! — to let their voices be heard and to reject Palin’s reactionary candidates and backward-looking agenda.”

In response, the Susan B. Anthony List issued a press release Tuesday calling for EMILY’s List to “come to grips with reality” by Aug. 26, the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

“We are looking for women leaders who affirm the best in women—who seek to include rather than exclude the rest of humanity as we find our fulfillment,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in a press release. “EMILY’s List is busy perpetuating what it purports to abhor:  using women candidates with whom they disagree as punching bags.”

What do you think of EMILY’s List’s campaign? Do initiatives like this end up polarizing women instead of uniting them? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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2 Responses to EMILY’s List Launches Campaign Against Sarah Palin

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  2. Bernadette says:

    Unity to what end? Just as I wouldn’t expect Palin supporters to lock step vote for Sec’y Clinton, I wouldn’t expect Clinton supporters to unite behind Palin just because she’s a woman. There is so much more to each of us than merely our chromosonal makeup and to suggest that having very different but well thought opinions in favor and in opposition to a given woman candidate is a bad thing…well…that’s just scary. To me, that is almost as bad as asking women not to think at all and just do as their husbands tell them to. Just because it is a woman doing the telling and asking us not to think for ourselves doesn’t bring about the equality we are pushing for.

    If equality will only come by having to give up what we strongly believe in ideologically to get behind any and all women candidates, I’m not sure I agree with the kind of “equal” that will bring about.

    From my ideological perspective, I not only support EMILY’s List’s perogative to bring about this campaign, I also support women bonding together and being vocal about their political beliefs. “Campaigns like this” are not what polarize women. Extreme political beliefs are what polarize many women who come from a diverse array of backgrounds and just don’t see themselves in a given candidate’s frame of reference. To ask if EMILY’s List’s campaign is polarizing is a bit of the age old chicken or the egg adage – did the campaign polarize women before the candidate herself polarized women? Or did the candidate polarize women before the EL campaign polarized women?

    Personally, I would argue that the candidate herself polarized women. But that is just because I’d give up so much of who I am as an overall person, not just as a woman, if I were to vote for Palin simply for the fact that she is a woman.

    Bernadette Merikle
    WA State Vision 2020 Delegate

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