By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
Tonight is important; tonight is the night that the moderator, Candy Crowley, will be presiding over a room where hopefully the audience will raise tough questions to both President, Barak Obama and Governor, Mitt Romney; and I’m hoping the debate will finally touch on issues that relates to women.
Candy Crowley is not supposed to ask followup questions of the candidates, but it appears that she will push for specifics when the candidates are fudging their way around questions, to make sure all the answers are provided.
Here is my hit list of questions I want asked and answered:
1) Do you believe a woman has the right to make decisions about her own body? If not, why not.
2) Do you think that we should give tax credits for the “work” of caregiving or mothering? If not, why not?
3) Do you think its time for us to make sure that the Family Leave & Medical Act is followed by corporations? That it become part of the cultural zeitgeist to actually take the time off when there is a baby in the family, or a sick or aging parent?
4) What is being done to support the Equal Pay act of 1963 and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009?
5) Do you think women should have the right to vote? If not, why not.
Remember, it was only ninety-eight years ago, on August 26, 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment that we actually all got the right to vote as women in the United States. So, let’s not take anything for granted. Let’s make sure that we count. We are over 50% of the electoral vote and we need to make our voices heard.
Join me, I’ll be tweeting from @mommymusings011; and I’ve also filled out a Bingo Card from Mom’s Rising. If you want to support mothers, make a donation to Mothers & More, the national non-profit, I am on the board of directors on, that emphasizes the value of mothering and caregiving, whether paid or unpaid.
Do you think your vote counts? What questions do you want to hear tonight?