Lilly Ledbetter. Planned Parenthood. Contraceptive coverage as “not just a health issue; it’s an economic issue for women.” No one could say President Obama wasn’t making a direct approach to women, the one his allies have been begging him to make. He might have just handed the mic to Sandra Fluke — or Ledbetter herself.
And Romney? He had “binders full of women” that became an instant meme for Obama’s re-energized voting base, and he blamed single parents — women, really — for gun violence.
The inevitable question about women came, somewhat surprisingly, in the form of a query about the wage gap. Obama was asked by an “undecided voter,” “What new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?” (Voters who care about inequality are historically torn!) That gave him the chance to talk, more energetically than he did in the last debate, about his grandmother and the discrimination she suffered, and of signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
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