For the first time in U.S. history, two women — Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, and Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard — are running for president on opposite political parties.
It’s about time our country elected a woman to the Oval Office, but shouldn’t we also be voting for someone who supports women’s issues?
According to the Center for American Progress, more than half of the voters in the 2012 election were women. So, it goes to say if women are the majority vote, we need to look past gender and elect an official that will best address the issues pertinent to our lives.
Here’s a helpful breakdown of some of the women’s issues in focus for the 2016 election and the candidates’ stances on them.
The majority of Republican candidates:
The majority of Democratic candidates:
The majority of Republican candidates would vote (or have voted) against gender-equalizing legislation such as the Paycheck Fairness Act.
This, surprisingly, includes Carly Fiorina (R), a former woman CEO; and does not include Donald Trump (R).
All of the Democratic candidates support gender-equalizing legislation.
Some candidates don’t agree or are simply uninformed that the pay gap is even an issue. This includes Republicans Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore.
All of the Democratic candidates are in support of legally requiring companies to hire women and minorities via methods of recruitment, quotas and/or affirmative action agreements.
The Republicans are split:
Carly Fiorina (R) argued that women already have adequate laws at their disposal if they are truly discriminated against at work; however, she has also been quoted as saying “women professionals are not treated the same as men.” It may perhaps be worth mentioning here that Fiorina is also against putting a woman on the $10 bill to honor women’s contributions to American history.
Bernie Sanders (D), on the other hand, has spent the majority of his political career advocating for the equality of women and minorities in both society and in the workplace.
And then there are … these guys:
Hillary Clinton (D) has made family leave and women in the workforce a pillar of her campaign. Though she has begun to trail behind Bernie Sanders (D) in the polls. This has and will continue to bring her much success.
Carly Fiorina (R), however, said, “I opposed the federal government mandating paid maternity leave to every company out there.”
She, along with Republicans Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich, would or have already opposed federal legislation mandating any paid leave.
The United States — and Papua New Guinea — are the only two nations that do not guarantee paid family leave.
That’s something all of the Democratic candidates would like to change by legally requiring at least 12 weeks of paid family leave in instances of pregnancy or family care.
As for the rest of the Republican candidates? This isn’t an issue worthy of discussion … yet.