Some of you might be like me, coming into this election season not quite sure who you’re going to vote for. That’s why debates are so crucial. They’re not a deciding factor by any means (research should be your deciding factor), but debates allow you to get a glimpse into who the candidates are, behind the rehearsed speeches and ugly ads. And I’m not so sure that I liked what I saw this past Tuesday when I tuned into the Town Hall debate.
It started off as a pretty standard debate, both candidates doing a fairly decent job at interacting with the questions, crowd, and the American people. Of course there were moments when I thought for sure that Obama and Romney were going to go into Mortal Kombat mode, but that didn’t bother me too much. But then the topic of women’s rights came up.
Katherine Fenton, 24, asked, “In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72% of what their male counterparts earn?”
Obama discussed how he was raised by a single mom and had a grandmother who experienced great inequality in the workplace. “This is not just a women’s issue,” Obama said. “This is a family issue.”
Then it was Romney’s turn to answer. He discussed how he went out to find women to fill his cabinet while governor of Mass. and had “binders full of women.” Through this experience he said that, “I recognize that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible.” He told a story about his female chief of staff who “need to get home to her kids at five o-clock so I [chief of staff] can be there for making dinner for my kids.”
Yes. You read that right. Apparently women need to be treated more flexibly than men in the workplace because they have to go home and cook.
I am sorry, Governor Romney, but I don’t need any special treatment because I am a woman. I am just as capable of doing any job that a man can do and I don’t need special treatment in order to get the job done. I certainly don’t need to get home every night in time to cook my family dinner. I am not a housewife. A woman’s place is not in the home. It’s right alongside men. Women shouldn’t be tucked away in binders, they should be empowered.