Eleanor Smeal Quotes.
I have been studying womenвЂ™s political behavior since the early 1970s and first identified the gender gap in 1980 with the help of legendary pollster Louis Harris.
Carolyn Maloney led the fight to make sure that DNA evidence kits are processed and passed the Debbie Smith Bill. She, when no one almost would listen to us on the whole issue of the Taliban and its treatment of women, she helped pass the Afghan Women’s Empowerment Act.
Nowhere have women been more excluded from decision-making than in the military and foreign affairs. When it comes to the military and questions of nuclear disarmament, the gender gap becomes the gender gulf.
Feminist humor raises consciousness. And the reason it’s funny is because it stands something on its head. Goodness knows you’ve got to have a sense of humor if you do feminism full-time, I tell you.
We’ve spent too much on how to destroy and blow up things with the military and too little on our health care, and too little on education, and it goes on.
Many family planning clinics and – and programs that service women have refused now to take women’s – United State’s money because they feel that it would be unethical, and it could injure their clients even more, their patients even more. That has to be changed.
We think it’s so important that we get [Carolyne] Maloney in that seat [in Congress]. It’s one of the reasons; we also think that she is a unique person that deserves it and would help advance women’s rights.
[We need to push] for what we want, not just what we can get.
One of the problems and the reason why Carolyn [Maloney ] wrote the book, the Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated is that some people think we have made it when we have not and there’s much to be done.
There’s no question in my mind but that rights are never won unless people are willing to fight for them.
I’m not going to say that all the cabinet appointments of the men and women, you know, obviously we might have some reservations on some, but the women’s movement has congratulated them for some of the appointments and is urging and encouraging more women in the Executive Branch and high areas.
I mean, how many men would have gone on to the floor of the House as Carolyn Maloney did and wear a burkha to show the fight of Afghan women.
Well it’s unusual for us to do an endorsement, you know, and the special occasions where you need appointments, but we thought that Senator [Hillary] Clinton had occupied such a neat and unique role, certainly a worldwide advocate for women, and also there’s also only 16 women without her in Congress.
Just think – guns have a constitutional amendment protecting them and women don’t.
Carolyn Maloney knows how to get something done, and as I said, it doesn’t matter if she’s in the majority or the minority. It doesn’t matter if she’s chair of a committee or not, she can figure out how to get a piece of legislation passed, and that’s what is – is a unique quality.