2010 is shaping up to be the year of the Republican woman, and that’s something traditional “feminists” like Gloria Allred can’t stomach. Pulling the “nanny card” just weeks before an election smells of fear and dirty politics.
But it’s not surprising when you consider the woman behind this stunt. Allred sadly represents the views of a lot of women on the left who believe feminism is defined by unlimited abortion rights and a robust, big-government economic agenda. A woman like Meg Whitman — who calls for anything else — ought to be dismissed out of hand.
At a time, however, when nearly a quarter of women out-earn their spouses, when women earn the majority of bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and now Ph.D.’s, and women’s purchasing power has exploded, it makes sense that more women want to see a return to constitutionally limited government and individual rights — the kind of values that Meg Whitman appears to represent.
Allred wants to see women succeed as long as they are the right kind of women. And for her, Meg Whitman – and by extension Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, Sharron Angle and others – don’t make the cut.