Women Not Impressed by Rhetoric in Primary Campaign

According to an article by Reuter Information Service, Republican women are unhappy with presidential candidate’s Bob Dole’s hardened stance on abortion and with the aggressive tone of the battle for nomination. Lapsed Republican Tanya Melich, author of the recent release, The Republican War Against Women, says the Republican party’s shift to the right alienates women who believe in equal opportunity and responsible capitalism.

Also commenting on Dole’s shift to the right, president of the Center for Women Policy Studies Leslie Wolfe indicated Dole’s views are threatening to women, and that he is “almost unrecognizable from what he was.” Besides the abortion issue, Wolfe said, many other issues of importance to women have been ignored it the primary campaign. Wolfe’s organization joined the Women’s Environment and Development organization (WEDO) last week as it announced its Contract with Women of the U.S.A. on International Women’s Day. The contract sets goals for women’s issues and takes aim at the anti-woman agendas of congressional Republicans and the Christian Coalition. “Their politics of exclusion have no place in a society that values diversity, religious liberty, freedom and equality,” said Wolfe.


: Reuters - March 14, 1996

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