Women Against Sarah Palin

The nomination of anti-feminist Sarah Palin to be vice-president of the United States has mobilized the feminist movement to oppose the Republican ticket even more strongly. As many news reports attest, Sarah Palin has a terrible record on issues important to feminists. She made rape victims pay for their own rape kits. She opposes reproductive choice and sex education. She has done nothing to deal with the long standing racial discrimination in Alaska and has ignored the findings of the Alaska Advisory Committee to the US. Committee on Civil Rights. The list goes on.

Among the many feminist projects to stop McCain/Palin is the website Women against Sarah Palin. Visit them and arm yourself with information.

Here is an excerpt from their original call to action issued on September 6:

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce—on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate—that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present and future daughters. To date, she is against a woman's right to choose, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she repeatedly brought up the question of banning books), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we've so demonstrably benefited from.