Rinehart: Republican Party not opposed to women

Emma Rinehart

Last week, I wrote a column on the misconception of Republicans being too eager to declare war. This week my column will also pertain to war; the “War on Women.” Only Republicans have not declared this war; quite the opposite, in fact. While the Liberal Left would want everyone to believe that women are just victims of the cruel Conservative Elite, the story is actually a masquerade of the real events taking place within the Democratic Party.

The truth is the GOP has been one of the biggest advocates for women’s rights, unlike their counterparts in the Democratic Party, who have a shaky history on women’s rights and continue to belittle women today.

Historically, the Democratic Party has been adamantly against women’s rights. When the 19th Amendment was conceived and introduced to Congress, it was met with strong opposition by the Democratic Party. When the amendment finally passed through Congress, eight of the nine states that voted against ratification of the amendment were run by Democratic legislation. It was not until the 1970s that these eight states finally ratified the amendment.

One such example of Democratic Party opposition to women who are, by their own definition, pro-women, is the case of Connie Morella, a Republican congresswoman from Maryland, who was run out of Congress by the Democratic Party in 2002, despite her long-running stance on women’s rights and her record of being extremely socially liberal for a conservative politician. Though still the “Democratic-controlled Maryland legislature redrew her district to ensure that, as the state senate president gloated, ‘If she runs, she loses,’” as stated in Geoffrey Kabaservice’s article on The New Republic’s website, tnr.com.

This idea of Republicans declaring a “war on women” because of their pro-life stances has been overly publicized in the last few months. It leaves me to wonder how protecting the rights of a child is anti-woman. This thought then leads me to wonder when did the word “women” come to be synonymous with “contraception”?

When the birth control mandate came about last spring, liberals started spewing labels of “anti-women” at the Republican Party. The GOP retaliated by calling the issues for what they were — pro-life issues and the preservation of the Constitution.

Contrary to popular belief, the Republican Party is actually very much “pro-woman,” if in the sense of “woman” one means the actual definition of the word as a female human. They are pro-women the way the pro-women movement was meant to be. The women’s rights movement started out as an idea that women should be treated equally to men. As the movement evolved through the decades it became increasingly more about contraception. Contraception has nothing to do with equality, voting rights or equal pay for equal work It is an entirely different agenda altogether and cannot be pushed on women.

Presidential nominee Mitt Romney even declared, “The effort to describe Republicans as being anything other than extraordinarily pro-woman, pro-opportunity for women of America, pro-moms, pro-working moms, pro-working women — look, that kind of effort is totally missing the mark, and people understand that.”

Reducing a woman’s worth to government-funded contraception hardly seems like a feminist ideal to me. In fact, that seems more anti-women than anything the GOP has ever been accused of. Even the idea of feminism, according to Cheris Kramarae, professor emeritus of women’s studies at the University of Illinois, “is the radical notion that women are people.”

This idea of being nothing more than contraception is a horrible misconception held within society. The worst part is, 57 percent of women polled in a recent poll believe this theory. These women are voting for President Barack Obama based on the idea that he is for their personal rights because their rights are nothing more than contraception.

The Obama Camp would like for women to believe that they are so helpless they cannot even find their own contraception. Adding to this list would be the Obama campaign’s “Life of Julia,” a cartoon portraying a woman through every stage of her life with the government assisting her all along the way because she is incapable of doing anything herself without the government.

The Republican Party is and always has been a proponent of women’s rights, but the party does not stop there; they are also for women. Women as humans with valuable thoughts, who are an equal part in the progression of America, and who mean so much more than contraception or even female human.

Women have strong roots in America’s past and will prove to be an unyielding power in the future. Women have fought for generations to be seen as people, but women also must be wary of the Liberal Left’s belittlement of their rights, or history is sure to repeat itself, and women are sure to start losing their significance in society because all they will be is contraception.