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.”
“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.