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Women Need to Engage in Politics

By Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Politico - October 28, 2013

During the 2012 election, we heard Republican politicians make some outrageous and offensive comments about women and women’s health. There was Todd Akin’s claim that not all rape is “legitimate,” Republican Governor Tom Corbett’s suggestion that if women didn’t want to see their state-mandated ultrasounds they could just close their eyes, or Mitt Romney’s description of his “binders full of women.” Not surprisingly, this rhetoric, as well as Republican support for intrusive laws restricting women’s rights and reproductive choices including mandating invasive and medically unnecessary procedures, angered and energized women across the country to speak out and get involved in the political process. And on Election Day, we saw the largest gender gap recorded in U.S. history — which no doubt helped President Obama win 51.1 percent of the popular vote.

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