Gender and Politics in the media

Men replace women as conflicted, swing voters, Why women – and men – still need feminism

The gender gap, and why it’s nothing new Washington Post (blog) Democrats think women are President Obama’s ticket to reelection — especially after a series of controversies over contraception and, most recently, GOP Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape.” And sure enough, poll after poll shows women prefer the president by a pretty significant clip. A new Gallup poll shows him leading Mitt Romney 50 percent to 42 percent, while a new USC/Los Angeles Times poll shows him up 51 percent to 43 percent. But, in context, that’s actually pretty normal.

After Todd Akin comments: Why women – and men – still need feminism Christian Science Monitor This Sunday, Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day, marks the date in 1920 when women in the United States won the right to vote after nearly a century of political organizing. It also commemorates the 1970 March for Women’s Rights, when feminists…

Poll: Female voters say Romney ‘out of step’ The Hill (blog) By a 20-point margin, women surveyed in the Planned Parenthood Action Fund poll said Romney is “out of step” on women’s issues. That number increased as women heard “specific information about Romney’s on-the-record statements about women’s ..

Mitt Romney Lacking Women Voters’ Support In Swing States, Poll Finds Huffington Post Regardless of whether or not Mitt Romney’s campaign was damaged by Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) “legitimate rape”remark this week, a new poll commissioned by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund shows the presumptive Republican presidential candidate was already struggling among female voters in six battleground states before the controversy began.

Men replace women as conflicted, swing voters Washington Examiner Maybe for the first time, men are this election’s squishy voters, conflicted over President Obama’s reelection because so many have been or still are jobless and are uncertain about their future under Obama’s leadership while feeling disconnected to stuffy Mitt Romney, according to a stunning new analysis.

Obama Remains Women’s Presidential Pick; Romney, Men’s PRINCETON, NJ — Male voters currently prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by an eight-percentage-point margin, while female voters prefer Obama over Romney by an identical eight points. These gender-gap figures, based on Gallup Daily tracking 

The New Math National Journal Romney’s team hopes to increase his vote share to three-fifths among college-educated white men and two-thirds among blue-collar white men. But his advisers believe the election will be decided mostly by whether Romney can make smaller gains among white women. Most polls show Obama maintaining or exceeding his strong 2008 showing with college-plus white women (he’s polling above 60 percent with them in some key states); Romney’s campaign hopes to recapture some of these voters by stressing the increased federal debt their children will inherit after Obama’s term. Romney’s team considers it even more imperative to reverse the recent gains that Obama has recorded among blue-collar white women by his effective portrayal of the GOP nominee as an out-of-touch plutocrat.

Mitt Romney: Manning Up the Women’s Vote Slate Magazine (blog) The Democratic National Convention Committee released a more complete list this morning of speakers for the convention, and the buzz is all about how it’s not just female-heavy, but feminist-heavy…

All the Single Ladies New York Times (blog) The noxious “legitimate rape” comment by Todd Akin, Missouri congressman and Senate candidate, has me once again pondering a simple question: Why do any women vote Republican?

Black women talk empowerment, voting and birth control at salons Amsterdam News In Regina Eberheart’s male-dominated line of work, chances for stimulating girl talk are scarce. Going to a salon was just what she needed. “I thought it was a very intimate, relatively new experience,” said Eberheart, who attended her first salon in 

Abortion and the Gender Gap, Ctd. National Review Online (blog) In an article for NRO yesterday, I went through some of the evidence against the conventional wisdom that it’s the Republican party’s opposition to abortion that’s responsible for the gender gap. On Twitter, Christine Matthews, the president of Bellwether Research, brought my attention to some data I hadn’t taken account of. (See, Twitter is useful for something.)

Women are reliable voters and it matters Charlotte Observer It’s been quite a week for us ladies. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin got the ball rolling with his inane, medically disputed comment that it’s hard for females to get pregnant if raped: “If it’s a legitimate rape,” said the Missouri U.S. Senate candidate, “the 

Candidates May Court Various Women Voters The Associated Press In past presidential elections, soccer and hockey moms were heavily courted by the candidates. This time around a wider swath of the women’s vote could be up for grabs. It’s not just about moms anymore.

Will Ryan ruin Romney with women over Akin remarks on rape, abortion? In the span of three days since Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Romney’s young, buff running mate, Paul Ryan, a 7-term 

Romney makes overtures to women voters in Bettendorf (blog) Romney didn’t answer Betty’s questions directly, but there was a more overt outreach to female voters than I heard at Romney’s last Iowa event earlier this month. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, who spoke before Romney at his Bettendorf rally, said Obama’s…

Politics by demographics: Obama hunts for votes Seattle Post Intelligencer But suburban women comprise a significant segment of the sliver of voters who are still on the fence. To that end, Obama has been airing ads in a number of competitive states making his case forwomen by citing Ryan’s voting record on funding for …

Poll: Obama Leads In Michigan, Boosted By Women Voters TPM Benefitting from strong support from women voters in the state, President Barack Obama holds a 5.5-point lead over Mitt Romney in Michigan, a new poll released Thursday shows. The poll, conducted by Glengariff Group, shows Obama earning the support of ..

In Poll, Obama Is Given Trust Over Medicare New York Times Mr. Obama enjoys solid support of a majority of women in each of these three states, the surveys found, but in Wisconsin his healthy lead among women has narrowed since the last poll and now trails the levels of the 2008 election, when he won the state.

3 women seeking Congress in AZ are service vets KPHO Phoenix Three women who tout their national security or military experience are among dozens of Arizonans seeking election to Congress this year. Two are retired Air Force pilots who broke gender barriers while the third, Leah Campos Schandlbauer, is a former …

Battle-tested, female war vets run for Congress Huffington Post At least three women with military experience have served or are serving in Congress. Heather Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate who was with the service in the 1980s, was a House member from New Mexico and is seeking the open Senate seat this …

RNC announces 17 speaking slots of congressional candidates; only two are … Washington Examiner The RNC has just released a list of 17 congressional candidates who are slated to speak at the Republican National Convention. But in spite of calls from conservative women to include more pro-life women on the stage, only two of the speakers are women ..

Despite furor, economy likely to trump women’s rights in election The State WASHINGTON — Women’s rights have soared into the political spotlight in these days before Republicans meet in Tampa, Fla., for their convention, and Democrats think they have a strong issue that will show their opponents are unusually insensitive to …

Planned Parenthood poll: Women negatively swayed by Romney’s views Politico (blog) A private poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of PP, shows Mitt Romney’s struggles among women voters in six battleground states as very real, with the potential to get worse with messaging about his positions. The …

Single anxious females: why they’re backing Obama Channel 4 News In a succession of recent polls, Democrats, and Barack Obama, enjoy a huge lead among women voters. The difference is most striking when it comes to singlewomen. One survey shows Obama 29 points ahead of Romney. Another shows childless working …

Women of All Political Stripes May Be Disenfranchised at November Polls Huffington Post Did you change your name when you got married? Has your elderly mother or aunt stopped driving? Is your daughter or niece going to college in another state? In 11 states these normal life occurrences may result in these women not being able to vote.

Women and the 2012 Election – C-SPAN Video Library Terry O’Neill talked about the issues that the National Organization of Women (NOW) believes …

Does Mitt Romney have a ‘women problem’? FRANCE 24 The controversy has shone a harsh light on the Republican party’s struggle to gain the support of women, an electoral reality that could prevent candidate Mitt Romney from getting to the White House; recent polls show President Barack Obama with a 10 …

Candidates May Court Various Women Voters – YouTube 2 min In past presidential elections, soccer and hockey moms were heavily courted by the candidates 

Will Akin drive women voters from the GOP?  Video on MSNBC’S Thomas Roberts talks with NOW president Terry O’Neill 

Romney, Ryan on Damage Control for Women’s … Watch the video ‘Romney, Ryan on Damage Control for Women’s Vote’ on Yahoo ! News.

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