On Aug. 26, the Democratic Party celebrated Women’s Equality Day. Ninety five years ago, women won the right to vote, guaranteeing them one of the most basic rights available to an American citizen.
While Democrats are fighting to protect women’s rights every day, it occurs to us that the GOP presidential candidates are in serious need of a lesson on women’s equality. When it comes to paid leave, equal pay, women’s health, and the importance of raising the minimum wage, the GOP candidates don’t have a clue!
So as a favor to anyone who has the chance to school these candidates on equal rights, we hope you find the following lesson plan helpful.
TITLE: Women’s Equality 101
OBJECTIVES: To teach the GOP presidential candidates the importance of women’s equality; to correct policy positions that will take women backwards
STUDENTS: Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry
BASE KNOWLEDGE OF SUBJECT: Minimal
MISCONCEPTIONS OF SUBJECT: Candidates lack understanding of the following:
- Importance of women’s health funding
- Need to improve access to the ballot box for women, who make up 53 percent of voters
- Importance of equal pay for equal work
- Ability of families to get ahead when they have access to paid family leave
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