My Reason to Vote Obama/Biden

Mon, November 3, 2008

Making Our Political Voices Heard


Well, actually, you can probably guess that I have loads of reasons why I won’t be voting for the McCain/Palin ticket tomorrow. And lots of really good reasons to hope that the electronic voting machine I know I’ll be using will accurately record my vote for Obama & Biden, as well as the other Democrats on my ballot.

I’ve always had lots of reasons for my political beliefs, but tomorrow I only need one reason for how I am voting — PunditGirl.

I feel like I’ve been lucky — coming of age at just the right time when Gloria Steinem and others were out there working to make sure that if I, as a college student, wanted a prescription for the birth control pill, I could see my doctor and get it without having to get my parents’ OK. I had more options for a career other than the traditional “women’s” jobs of teaching or nursing. I could have a political voice and opinions, and act on them in ways that other generations of women before me couldn’t.

But there have still been serious limitations — getting paid less than men for the same work, being subject to sexual harassment in the workplace and seeing working mothers treated like pariahs by employers and those who still believe a “little woman’s” place is in the home.

I’ll be damned if I’ll sit by and watch politicians try to tell us and our daughters that there’s no need for a law to make sure they get equal pay and all they have to do is get a little more education and work a little harder.

And I’ll be damned if I don’t do whatever I can to stop the growing wave of government interference with the ability of women to have effective birth control and reproductive rights.

And I’ll be damned if we let someone steer this country further into economic bankruptcy for the sake of their political contributors.

I’ll be damned if I’ll let the voices of women be pushed into the realm of fluff.

Look at that punim.


Think about that face when you go into the voting booth and ask yourself if you can really vote for a ticket that would set women (and girls) back so far that we’d have to clone Gloria Steinem to fight for us again.

Don’t vote for Obama & Biden for me. Do it for our daughters. Do it for mine.

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13 Responses to “My Reason to Vote Obama/Biden”

  1. michelle of bleeding espresso Says:

    I’m sincerely hopeful that women voters will make a huge difference in this election for all the reasons you’ve listed as well as for what I consider to be a ridiculously cynical, political, and, indeed, offensive choice for VP (and for then hiding this candidate away so that she became (even) more symbolic than substantive).

    GOOOOObama!

    P.S. What a cutie :)

  2. Magpie Says:

    For me, for you, for my daughter, for your daughter, and for all of us.

  3. amyz5 Says:

    well put. beautiful daughter. nice use of angelic sleeping child to drive home the message (marketer/mom)

    i am proud to say not only will i walk into the voting booth and cast my vote for Obama/Biden but my daughter (who still has that kind of face when she sleeps BTW) will be casting her vote for the very first time in a presidential election in support of this ticket as well!! Sadly it will be in a state far from home but I will make her promise to take pictures!

    fingers crossed and buckling up for the ride!

    looking forward to your election day tweets

  4. amyz5 Says:

    well put. beautiful daughter. nice use of angelic sleeping child to drive home the message (marketer/mom)

    i am proud to say not only will i walk into the voting booth and cast my vote for Obama/Biden but my daughter (who still has that kind of face when she sleeps BTW) will be casting her vote for the very first time in a presidential election in support of this ticket as well!! Sadly it will be in a state far from home but I will make her promise to take pictures!

    fingers crossed and buckling up for the ride!

    looking forward to your election day tweets

  5. Donna Says:

    I don’t need to tell you how much I agree with you on why we need an Obama/Biden victory tomorrow.

    But I HAVE to tell you how beautiful your daughter is. (Yes, you KNOW that. But we moms never tire of the admiration of others.)

  6. Motherhood Uncensored Says:

    I’m not in love with either candidate, and I was happy to entertain a McCain vote until Palin entered the picture.

    She sealed the deal for me. Obama for my daughters (and my son) it is.

  7. Shonda Little Says:

    First, I need a daughter. Can I have PunditGirl? Please. I’ll trade one of my sons. LOL. She is so darling.
    I agree with all your reasons, particularly the economic one. As I tell the idiots I live around, if Warren Buffet, only the most successful investor in history, says Barack’s economic plan is better, who is Joe the Plumber to debate that?
    I wrote today about Barack’s mom and I posted a passage from his audiobook about her. If you go listen, get a Kleenex first.

  8. Mauigirl Says:

    Since I don’t have an adorable daughter like yours, I’ll do it for my close friend’s adorable daughter who is my “adopted” daughter.

    For that matter, I’m doing it for the future of our country, period!

  9. Sornie Says:

    I voted today not only for a better future for myself but for my daughter who is supposed to be born in the next 2 weeks. She deserves a better America than the one I’ve experienced in the past 8 years.

  10. penelope Says:

    Agreed!

  11. Vintage Mommy Says:

    I have a daughter the same age (yours is beautiful by the way); like you, she is just one of the many many reasons I’m voting for Obama today.

  12. Caroline Says:

    Shes a beauty PM. She represents so much of why we need Obama as prez. And my sons need to see a prez – and an example of a male leader – who respects women and treats them equally and fairly. They need to grow up understanding a woman has her own right to choose what happens to her body. (And yeah, I got a ton more reasons to why BO too.) Hope you are feeling better – what a day to get sick! :(

  13. Audrey Says:

    Hey Pundit Mom!!

    I thought you’d be interested in this link:

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/msi/2008/11/the-candy-poll—-an-obama-lan.php

    I used to nanny for these two young boys who really wanted to be involved in the political process–and are strong Obama supporters :)


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