Women's Issues

  1. The latest poll from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center indicates that Barack Obama has a lead among New Hampshire voters, in front of opponent Mitt Romney by a count of 49 percent to 42 percent.

    The poll also shows a steeper lead for the President among women voters in the state.  Obama leads Romney 57 percent to 34 percent in that category.

  2. "The issue that is most important to me going into the election is women’s rights because I believe in Planned Parenthood." 
— Melanie Hawthorne, junior at the University of New Hampshire 
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    "The issue that is most important to me going into the election is women’s rights because I believe in Planned Parenthood."

    — Melanie Hawthorne, junior at the University of New Hampshire 

    What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices

    You can read about what candidates are saying on important issues and endorse their statements here on the Issue Engine.

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  3. floridaelects:

By Maggie Seppi, UNF Student ReporterStaniqua Clark (left) and Kristin Dravis (right) answered the same question Washington Post journalists posed to subjects in their recent "Liberty through the Lens" question: Regardless of party affiliation, which candidate does the best job addressing women’s issues, Obama or Romney? 
Clark is a Jacksonville native and a political science junior. Dravis, who is from Palm City, Fla., is double majoring in political science and international relations. 
Clark is a registered Democrat, while Dravis is a registered Republican. Here is what the two had to say. 
Clark: “They’re both on the same plane to me. Obama seems pretty back and forth; now he’s solidly for abortion, but when he started his election, he was against it. They’re both for the votes, but I feel as though Obama doesn’t bring it to the surface until he’s asked or until he’s in the spotlight. And with Romney, I think all his ideologies have remained solid.” 
Dravis: “Obama is more for American politics, but Romney really focuses on foreign women’s rights, which I think is really important. Obama never really discusses that, but Romney wants to get rid of Bashar Al-Assad because he thinks the women there are being undermined. And Obama addressed that, and was like: ‘It’s not our place.’ I think Romney is in the right, so I’m more for Romney’s foreign policy. As far as in the U.S., Romney, because of his religious affiliation, is anti-abortion, and I’m pro-choice. But I think he’d be open to discussing it because he’s said that several times. And despite his religious affiliation, he’s been talking to women and women’s rights groups. I just think it’s nice he’s open-minded about that.” 

    floridaelects:

    By Maggie Seppi, UNF Student Reporter

    Staniqua Clark (left) and Kristin Dravis (right) answered the same question Washington Post journalists posed to subjects in their recent "Liberty through the Lens" question: Regardless of party affiliation, which candidate does the best job addressing women’s issues, Obama or Romney? 

    Clark is a Jacksonville native and a political science junior. Dravis, who is from Palm City, Fla., is double majoring in political science and international relations. 

    Clark is a registered Democrat, while Dravis is a registered Republican. Here is what the two had to say. 

    Clark: “They’re both on the same plane to me. Obama seems pretty back and forth; now he’s solidly for abortion, but when he started his election, he was against it. They’re both for the votes, but I feel as though Obama doesn’t bring it to the surface until he’s asked or until he’s in the spotlight. And with Romney, I think all his ideologies have remained solid.” 

    Dravis: “Obama is more for American politics, but Romney really focuses on foreign women’s rights, which I think is really important. Obama never really discusses that, but Romney wants to get rid of Bashar Al-Assad because he thinks the women there are being undermined. And Obama addressed that, and was like: ‘It’s not our place.’ I think Romney is in the right, so I’m more for Romney’s foreign policy. As far as in the U.S., Romney, because of his religious affiliation, is anti-abortion, and I’m pro-choice. But I think he’d be open to discussing it because he’s said that several times. And despite his religious affiliation, he’s been talking to women and women’s rights groups. I just think it’s nice he’s open-minded about that.” 

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  4. Penny Rich is a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council who is running for Orange County Commissioner this November. We asked her to respond to the same question Washington Post’s Liberty through the lens project and The 12 team have asked voters in swing states across the U.S. in the past week: 
Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?
"Nine days after Obama was sworn into office he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In a recent interview, Romney was asked whether he supported the bill, and he went blank. That is because he had no idea who Lilly Ledbertter was or what the bill addressed. Anyone who wants to be President of the United States shouldn’t have to think twice about whether or not he supports equal pay for women. 
"Obama’s Affordable Care Act ensures coverage of preventive health services, eliminates gender discrimination by insurance providers, and makes health insurance more available and affordable for women and their families. Obama doesn’t believe we need to send women into back alleys for comprehensive health care. Women should have the choice to do what they want with their bodies. Politicians should stay out of that decision making process. Romney will bring women’s health care back decades.” 


    Penny Rich is a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council who is running for Orange County Commissioner this November. We asked her to respond to the same question Washington Post’s Liberty through the lens project and The 12 team have asked voters in swing states across the U.S. in the past week: 

    Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?

    "Nine days after Obama was sworn into office he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In a recent interview, Romney was asked whether he supported the bill, and he went blank. That is because he had no idea who Lilly Ledbertter was or what the bill addressed. Anyone who wants to be President of the United States shouldn’t have to think twice about whether or not he supports equal pay for women. 

    "Obama’s Affordable Care Act ensures coverage of preventive health services, eliminates gender discrimination by insurance providers, and makes health insurance more available and affordable for women and their families. Obama doesn’t believe we need to send women into back alleys for comprehensive health care. Women should have the choice to do what they want with their bodies. Politicians should stay out of that decision making process. Romney will bring women’s health care back decades.” 

  5. Evangeline Watson, a Democrat from Jacksonville, Fla., and Rene Avery, a Democrat from Montgomery, Ala., talk about women’s issues, health care and voting.

    Listen to what they had to say when asked the following: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues — Obama or Romney? Why?

  6. Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?"Obama has two daughters, Romney has five sons. Obama has more invested in the future of women’s rights."
-Terry Woodford, 53, Bristol, Wisconsin.
See more voters’ responses to who would do a better job handling women’s issues on our Liberty, through the lens project. 

    Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?

    "Obama has two daughters, Romney has five sons. Obama has more invested in the future of women’s rights."

    -Terry Woodford, 53, Bristol, Wisconsin.

    See more voters’ responses to who would do a better job handling women’s issues on our Liberty, through the lens project

  7. Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?

    "Barack Obama.  Democrats/liberals usually focus on those issues more than Republicans."

     Scott Minichiello, Financial Advisor

      Age 29

      Conservative Republican

    "Obama would better support women’s rights everywhere."

     Venise Lyons, Student

      Age 22

      Democrat

    "Barack Obama because of the legislation he supports…Evidence with the passage of Obamacare and the stipulation that women can’t be charged more for health care with things like birth control tells me he seems to support women’s issues."

    Pascale, Coordinator for a Nonprofit Organization

    Age 23

    Democrat

    See more voters’ responses to who would do a better job handling women’s issues on our Liberty, through the lens project

  8. From now through Election Day, Washington Post journalists are traveling through one of the battleground states, Virginia, to listen in as voters wrestle with the issues of 2012. Liberty, through the lens: Women, is the first in a series of photo essays on Virginia voters. The student journalists of the 12 are also contributing viewpoints from their communities on the topics. 
Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?

"I would support Barack Obama because he is more in tune with women. Romney seems a bit out of date. I don’t know if that correlates with the issues, but to me, Barack Obama would be better."

Lisa Callahan, Republican
Report Writer
Mechanicsville, Va.

    From now through Election Day, Washington Post journalists are traveling through one of the battleground states, Virginia, to listen in as voters wrestle with the issues of 2012. Liberty, through the lens: Women, is the first in a series of photo essays on Virginia voters. The student journalists of the 12 are also contributing viewpoints from their communities on the topics. 

    Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?


    "I would support Barack Obama because he is more in tune with women. Romney seems a bit out of date. I don’t know if that correlates with the issues, but to me, Barack Obama would be better."


    Lisa Callahan, Republican

    Report Writer

    Mechanicsville, Va.

  9. Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women’s issues – Obama or Romney? Why?

    Washington Post photographers and audio journalists traveled across Virginia to collect portraits and responses to that question for the first part of our “Liberty through the lens" project.

    We want your answers too. Reply here, send your photo, or tweet your response using the hashtag #VoterVoices. 

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