According to Democratic women, 2012 is not a good year to be a woman and a Democrat.
Earlier this year it was reported that prominent Democratic Congresswomen, most notably Nancy Pelosi, were underpaying their staff. Early this month, we learned that Debbie Wasserman Schultz was doing the same to her staff at the Democratic National Committee. Now several Southern California National Organization for Women chapters in declaring that the Democratic National Convention is discriminating against women delegates with young Children.
The objections are raised over the DNC’s failure to provide childcare services during the upcoming Charlotte, NC event and its policy to now allow young children on the convention floor.
According to delegate and mother Susie Shannon. “Moms with young children six years of age and under who cannot be left at home, some of whom are breast-feeding, are relegated to second-class status within the Democratic Convention,” she explained in a statement, “unable to participate as a delegate due to antiquated policies and inadequate accommodations that were apparently in place before women’s suffrage.”
Feminist-publisher Gloria Steinem, who is a mother herself, has joined the Calif. NOW chapters in criticizing the convention’s actions. Said Steinem, “Women are the key to a Democratic victory, and sometimes, children are the key to women. It’s both right and smart for the Democratic Convention to behave as if children exist.”
Essentially, the brouhaha stems from the fact that no one will be allowed on the convention floor unless they possess credentials as delegates, alternates or people working the convention. According to Hollywood NOW President Lindsey Horvath, “The DNC requires children and babies to have a credential to enter the convention, and then denies these credential requests from moms. The DNC credentialing process is being used as a tool to prevent mothers from participating at the convention and is nothing short of discriminatory.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party continues charging the Republicans with waging a “war against women.”
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