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Real Women Vote Democrat, or Do They?
Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Mona Charen

Posted on 04/04/2014 6:21:20 AM PDT by Kaslin

"The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees." So wrote the Washington Post's Dana Milbank about a panel that featured Mollie Hemingway, Karin Agness and yours truly.

It was so nice of Milbank to attend -- a shame that his mind was so clenched shut that he could hear only what his prejudices led him to expect, rather than what we actually said. Hate to interrupt a good sneer, but the panel wasn't about the gender gap; it was about feminism.

Milbank focused narrowly on the political implications of our talk and couldn't resist descending to the most tired leftist cliche, namely that "the consensus was that we ought to go back in history." The left cannot shake is starry-eyed confidence that history has a vector -- that forward is always toward the sunny uplands of equality, prosperity and happiness -- and backward is always a descent. Tell that to Germans in 1933 or Cambodians in 1975. Ask a newly captured slave onboard a ship in the middle passage if he wanted to "go back in history."

Speaking for myself and not my fellow panelists, I do believe that feminism took a number of wrong turns since the 1970s -- rejecting marriage, embracing the sexual revolution, cheerleading for abortion without any restrictions, vehemently denying that young children pay a price when they are placed in institutional care, recycling bogus statistics like the 77-cents myth, spurning the accomplishments of conservative heroines like Margaret Thatcher and Condoleezza Rice, demonizing men as oppressors. It's a long list.

But most of my talk at the Heritage Foundation wasn't especially partisan or even political. I was quoting the social science that scholars across the political spectrum agree upon -- namely, that a focus on women's progress and glass ceilings and "leaning" this way and that misses the most important news: Men are falling behind. A larger percentage of women than men finish high school. Women now earn 57 percent of bachelor's degrees, 63 percent of master's degrees, and 53 percent of doctorates. Men are earning less and dropping out of the labor force at alarming rates. Women are earning more and taking a larger percentage of managerial and supervisory posts.

The decline of marriage hurts men as well as women and children, but its effects are not evenly distributed. Among the college-educated, divorce has declined and unwed childbearing is rare. By contrast, among high school dropouts, most women will have their first child before getting married and rare is the unmarried couple who remains together for life.

The collapse of marriage among the uneducated and partially educated has unquestionably been a social and economic disaster. The data are overwhelming that children raised by married parents are happier, healthier, do better in school, and are more likely to attend and finish college than their peers from single-parent homes. This is true without regard to race or ethnicity. In fact, being raised by a single mother is a better predictor of poverty than race or ancestry.

Those concerned about income inequality, poverty and social health, I argued (and I was joined in this by my fellow panelists), must be concerned about rebuilding the marriage norm. I cited the successful effort to reduce teen pregnancy (it's dropped 50 percent in recent years). A similar campaign to stress the importance of stable families could yield huge benefits for the most vulnerable populations in our society.

Only in the question-and-answer session did the issue that so absorbed Milbank arise: How this affects elections. Responding to a question, we noted the glaringly unsurprising fact that the gender gap between Democrats and Republicans is actually a marriage gap. Single women vote disproportionately for Democrats and married women vote by a comfortable margin for Republicans.

The decline of marriage inclines more women to vote Democrat. They are, quite understandably, looking for security (a la "The Life of Julia"). It's obviously not a good campaign strategy for Republican office-seekers to lecture women about marching to the altar before having children.

But, believe it or not, it's useful to think about and discuss important social trends without always appending a D or an R to them. Serious people can seek out the illuminating research by Isabel Sawhill, Charles Murray, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Elaine Kamarck, W. Bradford Wilcox and other scholars.

Fans of shallow snark will enjoy Milbank's work.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: condoleezarice; demonrats; republican; women

1 posted on 04/04/2014 6:21:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Then ‘Real Men’ vote Republican.........................


2 posted on 04/04/2014 6:25:48 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Kaslin

See you Condi at the Final Four between UConn women and Stanford women!


3 posted on 04/04/2014 6:28:02 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 04/04/2014 6:31:00 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin

Actually, real women vote republican. Lesbians, “man-women”, welfare queens and narcissistic single women vote democrat.

Generally speaking.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 6:37:40 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Kaslin

I had my MRS Degree. Most worthless piece of paper I’ve ever paid for.

*SMIRK* :)


6 posted on 04/04/2014 6:39:30 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Kaslin

The ones who want a sugar daddy vote Dhimmicrat


7 posted on 04/04/2014 6:54:31 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Is the GOP stupid to catter to further short sighted narcissism. If it were not for Hanoi Jane’s stupid glass ceiling pausing on enemy guns, America and the GOP would have handed over the world on a silver platter to American women. But nooo... they had to play in vanities and do it themselves better by being rode on like the communist village bicycle...


8 posted on 04/04/2014 7:08:03 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Kaslin

The left was somewhat helpful in reducing teen pregnancy — because the programs to reduce it were government programs — but will be no help whatsoever in any attempt to rebuild marriage, not even if the pro-marriage program required a multi-billion dollar Federal bureaucracy to implement. The family is a non-state institution, and as such has to be destroyed or subordinated to the omnicompetent state. This is why the only aspect of human behavior that the left does not want to minutely regulate is sex: wanton unrestricted sexual behavior destroys the most fundamental non-state institution, the family, leaving the state to reign supreme in human affairs.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: The_Reader_David
The left was somewhat helpful in reducing teen pregnancy...

I'd love to see the math on that.

10 posted on 04/04/2014 7:20:04 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin

Sarah is a REAL: woman and I’ll bet she doesn’t vote Democrat.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 7:33:27 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

A lot of it is emotional.

Women in general respond more to emotion. If the perception pushed is that women HAVE to support abortion, easy divorce, gay rights, because it is what is NICE, many will do it.

I know quite a few church going women who fully support abortion and gay marriage because to not do so would mean they are rejected by their friends.

What is interesting to me is that the next generation of men is just dropping out. They are not working, or getting married, nor getting an education. Society is telling them they are not needed, wanted, or even tolerated, so they are sitting at home playing video games.

Neither sex in our society knows what their role is anymore. All look to Someone Else to provide for them.

The locusts have won, and and ants have stopped playing in short. That means our civilization is sliding into the abyss. It may take a few more decades, but it isn’t going to be long.


12 posted on 04/04/2014 7:41:13 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Kaslin

bookmark


13 posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:05 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Kaslin; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Bender2; NFHale; sickoflibs; Perdogg

Repeal the 19th amendment!!!

Just kidding! ;) Or am I?


14 posted on 04/04/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

I’ll second your motion.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 8:25:50 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: Impy
Yeah you probably would like nothing better than women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

Thanks a lot you chauvinistic pig

16 posted on 04/04/2014 8:38:58 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
I had a bumper sticker on my car in the early 90’s that said “Thinking Women Vote Republican”, I was parked in Tarrytown, NY and a woman was out of her mind crazy, screaming at me that I MUST remove that from my car or she would. A Tarrytown cop stopped to see what the problem was, he told the woman to calm down, he knew her...the whole town did, and if she touched my car he would lock her up and if anything happened to my car she was going to be arrested. She left in a cloud of dust and feathers, he asked me I could get him a couple of those bumper stickers...I dropped them at the Police Station later that week.
17 posted on 04/04/2014 8:39:02 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: cuban leaf

Exactly


18 posted on 04/04/2014 8:39:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Red Badger

And so do real women


19 posted on 04/04/2014 8:40:16 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: lavaroise

blah, blah, blah


20 posted on 04/04/2014 8:41:14 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Post #16 is for you too.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 8:43:01 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Thanks!


22 posted on 04/04/2014 9:13:11 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: Kaslin

Or, put another way, real women put their families first. Democrat women put themselves first.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 10:20:42 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

And other women don’t?


24 posted on 04/04/2014 10:28:18 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Vigilanteman

That is true


25 posted on 04/04/2014 10:56:04 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Rumplemeyer

I luv it.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 10:58:18 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: combat_boots
Real women, like real men, put their families first. I can see that in my own mother, aged 92, who while struggling with the infirmities of daily life, is most concerned that she might forget to send someone in the family or a close friend a birthday or anniversary card.

It is such an important matter for her that I must bite my tongue when I'm tempted to say 'they are old enough to stop celebrating birthdays and just help her pick out and write a card.

I still believe that the reason the airlines advise passengers to put on their oxygen masks before helping their children in the event of an emergency is because the protective instinct is still so strong in real men and real women, despite the years of effort by the Libtard ruling class to surpress it.

27 posted on 04/04/2014 11:10:21 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Impy
Hilarious. . .and also dangerous because you know how ill-tempered, humorless and emotional liberal women are.
28 posted on 04/04/2014 3:25:17 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Kaslin

Feminist constituents control Republican campaigns then vote Democrat.


29 posted on 04/04/2014 4:45:43 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kaslin
Re. the photo of Rice above the posted article,...

Rice: Better to have Hamas in power than in streets
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1733397/posts

Rice: Palestinians deserve to live free of ‘occupation’[at an event of pro-Palestinian group]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1717847/posts

US Supplies Fatah With Arms, Rice Decries “Occupation”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1718348/posts

Rice: Israel Must Withdraw from More than Gaza and Samaria
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1333354/posts

Commencement Address at Boston College (Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Boston, Massachusetts, May 22, 2006. US Department of State)

Excerpts:

As a student of a Catholic high school, the Sisters of Loretta taught me, I am pleased to be at an institution of higher education with such strong and celebrated Catholic and Jesuit traditions . . . You see, I got my Master's Degree at Notre Dame. (Boos.) I acquired a passion for the fighting Irish . . . and my family has been college educated and Presbyterian ever since. (Laughter and applause.) . . . I wandered into a course on international politics taught by a Czech refugee who specialized in Soviet studies, a man who had a daughter by the name of Madeleine Albright. With that one class, I was hooked. I discovered that my passion was Russia and all things Russian.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 4:50:36 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kaslin
How Dramatically Did Women's Suffrage Change the Size and Scope of Government?

JOHN R. LOTT Jr.
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) (download links for whole document at bottom of page)

September 1998

University of Chicago Law School, John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 60
Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 107, Number 6, Part 1, pp. 1163-1198, December 1999

Abstract:
This paper examines the growth of government during this century as a result of giving women the right to vote. Using cross-sectional time-series data for 1870 to 1940, we examine state government expenditures and revenue as well as voting by U.S. House and Senate state delegations and the passage of a wide range of different state laws. Suffrage coincided with immediate increases in state government expenditures and revenue and more liberal voting patterns for federal representatives, and these effects continued growing over time as more women took advantage of the franchise. Contrary to many recent suggestions, the gender gap is not something that has arisen since the 1970s, and it helps explain why American government started growing when it did.

31 posted on 04/04/2014 4:51:46 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kaslin

Part of the Republican gender gap can be explained by the city vs. rural gender gap. In some cities young women outnumber young men 2 to 1. Cities are communes where most everything a person uses from housing to transportation is shared property. Their personally owned possessions are minimal (excluding shoes). Renters are majority Democrat, owners are majority Republican. Many women don’t like to drive so when unmarried, big city life suits them. Many little princesses move to the big city castle to meet their rich handsome prince, only to find out too late that the unmarried princes are either unwilling to commit or gay.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 5:32:09 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Kaslin; GOPsterinMA
Yeah you probably would like nothing better than women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

Pregnant? Certainly not. And she can wear flip flops. See, I'm reasonable. ;)

33 posted on 04/05/2014 1:29:18 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; Kaslin

Agreed. No need to breed more idiocy, whether they’re shod footed or not.


34 posted on 04/05/2014 1:35:36 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Okay, chauvinistic pig if you say so


35 posted on 04/05/2014 1:46:45 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

You’re classy. I love you.


36 posted on 04/05/2014 1:49:36 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: Kaslin; Impy

You have many cats, don’t you?


37 posted on 04/05/2014 1:54:25 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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