Why Tonight is Important

 Why Tonight is Important
I want to make sure my little one has all the rights and more, that we have today as women.

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?

 

 Why Tonight is Important

About Estelle Erasmus

Estelle Erasmus is an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor-in-chief who is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Estelle blogs about life raising a young daughter in midlife at Musings on Motherhood & Midlife. She is the co-author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age (Adams Media), and has been a featured author in several anthologies. Estelle won BlogHer Voices of the Year awards in 2012 and 2014. She is a 2014 Disney Social Media Moms, and a 2014 National Geographic Kids Insider. She has spoken about publishing at Folio MidWest and iRetreat2014. She writes regularly on travel, parenting and lifestyle issues.

One thought on “Why Tonight is Important”

  1. Good questions Estelle, and you are right, women’s issues have been tossed around in the primaries and general election, but when it comes to a debate, they are only touched on briefly, if at all. I wish there had been more talk about women’s health in general at the VP debate, rather than just abortion, but it is the President that helps set policy, so this is our last chance to get some real, on the record answers from Romney. I think Obama is on the record as pro-choice, and he also signed Lily Ledbetter and the ACA, so I think we know quite a bit about his stance. I would like Romney to answer on the record rather than say one thing one day, another the next.
    I would love to hear a substantive discussion about the underemployed in America, a large share of whom are women. It is an issue that no one really wants to talk about, because there is no easy answer. But as one of those formerly employed in a low wage job, who worked with mothers who were working full time and still qualified for aid because they didn’t make enough, it is an important consideration for our future health as a nation.
    I will be on Twitter as well tonight, hoping to keep up!

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