In No Excuses, not all of the women I talk about have had a positive impact on women’s lives. In fact, I share a quote from Madeleine Albright that says “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” But should women support women like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, who oppose policies that help women, such as reproductive rights, fair pay legislation, and social programs that are most likely to help women and children who constitute the majority of those living in poverty?
Update: Just saw the sad news that Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman major party vice presidential candidate, died today. Gerry exemplified the first wave of women who aspired to political office and had the courage to run of their own volition, rather than as surrogates for their husbands. Smart, tough, and always willing to put herself forward to help women advance, Gerry also fought multiple myeloma (a blood cancer that usually kills within two years) valiantly for over 12 years. Rest in peace, and thank you, Gerry Ferraro.