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And, while past research suggests that women officeholders of both parties tend to be more ideologically moderate, that doesn't seem to be the case with the newly elected Republicans.

The only women who survive the Republican primary process these days are in the strict-conservative mold of Michele Bachmann. Just two of the 24 Republican women voted against the Pence Amendment to ban Planned Parenthood funding — and both of them, Judy Biggert of Illinois and Mary Bono-Mack of California, are 10-year House veterans.

Some women's activists are watching the GOP highlight its few women — trumpeting new South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, for example, and giving new congresswoman Kristi Noem a leadership position — and worrying that these female faces are masking the same misogynist party.

The Democrats are dead, they warn, if they let Republicans get away with it.

They don't intend to let that happen; they say to expect more high-profile "war on women" messaging in coming weeks — and even more if Republicans include more cuts in their FY2012 budget recommendation, which Cantor says will be released in about six weeks.

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Tracey Foster

PBS's TO THE CONTRARY panel this past Sunday discussed the GOP's all out war on women and many of the points you have covered, David, and you are so right on target. It is a shame that the GOP believes that in order to rid the nation of the trillion dollar debt that they originally put America into, programs that assist women must be slashed or just flat out eliminated. More attention needs to called to this injustice. Thank you for covering this important subject.
Posted: March 02 2011 at 6:47 PM


The more equal footing that the Obama administration gives to women; i.e. the number of women appointed to key roles in his administration, the Lily Leadbetter Act, etc. The more the GOP tries to put us back 100 years.
Posted: March 02 2011 at 9:37 PM


This is wrong, the cutbacks have been to both genders. The redefining of Rape is there because there are a few loopholes that incarcerate innocent Men. Again the salary cutbacks are for both genders. Stop pulling this Gender card.
Posted: March 03 2011 at 5:27 AM


Why should women be unhappy about liberalizing gun policies? All gun control does is stop women from defending themselves. Pro 2nd Amendment = Pro Woman.
Posted: March 03 2011 at 3:34 PM

Sara Rockefeller

Wow... The the GOP ideology is attacking women!! This article is laughable. The GOP's agenda is smaller government ...but the spin was very funny. Stay tuned for the next edition of the Providence Phoenix-- "Labor unions and how they brought wealth and prosperity to Providence" ----You guys should really stick with reviewing up and coming local bands
Posted: March 03 2011 at 4:51 PM


Well, there you go!
The previous 5 comments could be more diverse. Does EVERYONE now understand how confused this country is? Everyones interpretations of what has been said by the politicians is so different. How can we possibly pull together when there are excesses/rational/misinterpretations of all media news which can't possibly end in a consensus that will help this country???????? Once again the folks in power want to be right, not righteous!
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