The phrase “war on women” has been passed around in the media over the past few weeks. It’s been used in reference to the upcoming presidential election in the fall. Democrats have accused Republicans of having a “war on women” with the highlight of the issue surrounding the use of women’s contraceptive medicine. Republicans have said Democrats are forcing this issue down the throats of women.
More recently, Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney for her choice to be a stay-at-home mom. Soon after her comments were widely criticized, Rosen apologized to Ann Romney for the comments, but not without a political firestorm that ensued.
President Obama also scolded the comments saying, “There is no tougher job than being a mom. And when I think about what (my wife) has had to do, when I think about my own mom, a single mother raising me and my sister, that’s work.”
D.C. residents have sounded off about the comments and the “war on women.” Mildred Young, a ward 7 resident, said, “I saw her comments and think they were out of line. Many men want their women to stay home and make sure they raise good kids and no women should feel bad for doing so, regardless of her political affiliation.” Monique Claiborne, a single mother living in ward 8, said “I wish I could stay home, but I’m not afforded that luxury.”
Rosen made the comments while referring to that Ann Romney was not qualified to help her husband campaign speaking about women’s issues. However, the bigger case is that Democrats are trying to paint the picture that Republicans are out of touch with women’s issues across America.
Obama’s efforts to court women during this election cycle may seem challenging with comments like Rosen’s. In the 2008 election for president, women overwhelming led the votes. And this time around Obama has a strong lead among women, 57 percent to 38 percent, in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll — though the Rosen flap may change those numbers. Amongst men, the president trails Mitt Romney by eight points, lagging 44percent to Romney’s 52 percent.