McCain Holds ‘Women Only’ Town Hall Meeting

John McCain held a ‘women only’ town hall meeting in Hudson, Wisconsin, Friday in an attempt to woo women voters. McCain focused on economics and women-owned businesses. He failed to address many issues that affect women including “children’s health care, early childhood education, unequal pensions and family medical leave” according to the Pioneer Press.

In regards to equal pay, John McCain remarked that “we haven’t done enough. We have not done enough. And I’m committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work. That there is equal opportunity in every aspect of our society. And that is my record and you can count on it.”

In fact, on April 23, McCain skipped a vote to invoke cloture on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was filibustered in the Senate. During a campaign event, McCain responded to a question about his position on Ledbetter by saying that he believes that the Ledbetter decision was “a correct decision of the United States Supreme Court and I don’t believe that this would do anything to help the rights of women.” This decision virtually eliminated an employee’s legal recourse against wage discrimination after the statute of limitations has ended, even if the discrimination is ongoing.


Pioneer Press 7/12/08; Americans United For Change Press Release 7/11/08; United States Senate; United States Supreme Court; Feminist Newswire 4/24/08; YouTube; GovTrack

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