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  • democrat_ladies democrat_ladies Oct 27, 2012 12:36 PM Flag

    Mitt Romney Next President of the United States of America has Empowered Women & Votes

    How Romney has empowered women
    By Jane Edmonds, Special to CNN
    updated 2:25 PM EDT, Wed October 24, 2012

    Editor's note: Jane Edmonds served as a member of Gov. Mitt Romney's cabinet and as head of the Department of Workforce Development in Massachusetts. She also was an appointee of Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and served as chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the civil rights law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a surrogate for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

    (CNN) -- "Baby, law isn't a good profession for girls," my father told me.

    "Stay with music, dear, that is what you and your people do so well," my high school dean said.

    I was 16, and asking them the most important question of my life: Will you tell me how to become a lawyer?

    My dad was a product of the segregated South. Orphaned at the age of 12, he pulled himself up by his bootstraps. After leaving Georgia for Washington, where he lived with a relative, he attended an integrated school, Dunbar High. Eventually, he earned his way into Syracuse University, where he was one of the first black men to graduate. In spite of his achievements, he and our family faced discrimination. Nevertheless, he kept his sense of humor, and worked hard to be a good provider.

    My father's message was loving and protective. He didn't want to see me hurt.

    My dean's message was scornful and discriminatory. She took a sledgehammer to my dreams, and when I left her office that day, I was crushed and fighting tears. I couldn't understand her answer.

    I wanted to go to a good college, attend a respected law school and advocate for people needing help and craving justice. I refused to abandon these high hopes.

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    And I didn't. I followed my dreams and went to law school. More than 40 years later, I became one of the 10 women named to top policy-making posts in the early months of Gov. Mitt Romney's administration in Massachusetts. There, I headed up the Department of Workforce Development. During Gov. Romney's tenure, our state led the nation in terms of the ratio of women holding top spots in the administration, and to this day, that's something about which I am incredibly proud to have been a part of.

    And so, as I've heard criticism about Gov. Romney's admirable record of recruiting women to serve in his administration, I feel compelled to speak out about the Mitt Romney I know.

    I remember meeting him for the first time. I was struck by his authenticity, and over the years that I worked with him, I saw the accuracy of my first impression. Gov. Romney's overriding commitment was not to self-promotion -- as is so often the case for politicians -- but for the people he served, and the people he served with. He believes in empowering women. I would know, because I was one of those women he recruited and respected.

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    Today, there are more than 5 million women around this country -- mothers, daughters, breadwinners -- who are unemployed. They are not only robbed of their dignity and their self-respect; they are also robbed of the results of decades of hard work. More women are in poverty -- 25.7 million -- than at any time in our nation's history.

    And for too many young people, the doors of opportunity remain closed shut by these tough economic circumstances. Half of recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed. The cost of college has continued to rise in the last four years and student loan debt stands at record levels.

    When Mitt Romney was governor, he worked with a legislature that was 87% Democratic to get things done. And to me, that really meant something: I consider myself a liberal Democrat. For him, it wasn't about who you were, it was about the quality of your ideas. That's how he improved the economy and balanced the budget, but that's not all he accomplished. Gov. Romney also initiated the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship to cover the cost of college at public institutions of higher education in the state for deserving high school students based on academic merit.

    During his time as governor, Massachusetts maintained its schools' ranking as first in the nation.

    Opportunity. Empowerment. That's what Mitt Romney has stood for while in politics and in business, and that's what matters to women. In government, he created opportunities for young people to attend college. In business, he took a chance on people to allow their dreams to flourish into realities.

    I've been able to rise in life because of people who see the world this way. Looking back, I'm grateful to those who believe that education is a civil right and that the dreams of all should be encouraged and cultivated. And that's precisely why I'm supporting Mitt Romney.

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    • White House Female Workers, President Obama is a angry, desperate, arrogant liar and hypocrite.

      Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.

      President Obama has frequently criticized the gender pay gap, such as the one that exists in the White House. The Obama Administration Hypocrisy.

      Obama Democrats claim Republicans will be worse on women's issues. This indeed is not true, as a Woman and Democrat I disagree with President Obama on this practice of White House female employment. " Equal Work Equal Pay for White House Staff."

      Jessica Yellin, Look, ‘Paycheck discrimination hurts families who lose out on badly needed income,’ he said in a July 2010 statement. ‘And with so many families depending on women’s wages, it hurts the American economy as a whole.’ I hope that President Obama if re-elected will correct the equal pay for women.

      Many on the right are impartial to pay distinctions, believing the best qualified individual should be hired–regardless of gender. However, after months of fending of charges that they are sexist and literally “waging a war” on women, some find it interesting that the Obama administration doesn’t necessarily practice the absolute equality it preaches.

      Just this week, for instance, Obama’s official Twitter page wrote, “‘I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families.” The tweet was criticizing Romney for not yet endorsing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which makes it
      easier for women to file gender discrimination suits.


      I have seen how low interest rates are killing interest sensitive savings and retirement products. take annuities, for example, top companies have discontinued offering many annuities and benefits which can't be sustained in this environment. and what about savings, what does your savings account earn? nothing! so i guess it makes more sense to go into the equity markets. i know that's what i've done. it takes about 1/2 a minute of considering a cd before you realize that's a waste of time. so these this sorry state is lifting the market. but it isn't for the right reasons.

      Ohio Pennsylvanian Michigan Wisconsin Florida Virginia - We Need A Landslide - All Blue States Change Color to Red because Obama failed - Libya 911 - Economy etc etc. etc. Restore American Principals and help get this loser out of the people's house.


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