Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

February-04-99

National Women's Leaders Oppose Live Testimony at Senate Trial: Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority

Washington DC -- I am proud to join today with national women's leaders and leading women members of Congress to urge the United States Senate to put an end to this spectacle of hypocrisy and travesty of justice. The 13 House managers want to subject Monica Lewinsky and the American public to live testimony on the floor of the Senate. This woman has been forced to offer the same testimony, and the same facts 23 times. Enough is Enough.
The house managers are showing their true Religious Right colors. In this last ditch attempt to save face, they have once again demonstrated by their statements and actions that they are out of touch with the American people - especially American women.

As leaders in the national women's rights movement, we have known for some time just how out of touch these Republican House managers are-- and now, at last, so will the nation. Their blatant disregard for public opinion in this matter is no surprise. Time and time again, Henry Hyde and the other managers have ignored the public's overwhelmingly pro-women's rights and pro-choice views, and now they are ignoring the public once again. It is interesting to note that even during this impeachment trial several House managers, including Henry Hyde, have spoken of their opposition to abortion. The out-of-touch behavior of the 13 House managers in this impeachment trial has done more to reveal the dominance of the Religious Right in the Republican Party than the thousands of anti-choice and anti-women's rights votes cast by Congressmen such as Henry Hyde, and his band of twelve.

Feminist leaders spoke early and often in opposition to the impeachment of the President. And today we have a message for the managers -- it seems they need reminding. The American people, especially women, are not with you. We do not want this trial to continue. It is time to GIVE IT UP.

Note: Feminist Majority President, Eleanor Smeal joined other national women's rights leaders and women members of the US Congress today to oppose live witness testimony in the Senate Impeachment trial of President Clinton. Smeal was joined by Patricia Ireland, President of the National Organization for Women; Dr. Yvonne Scruggs Leftwich, Executive Director, Black Leadership Forum; Dorothy Height, President Emeritus, National Council of Negro Women; Dr. Ramona H. Edelin, President, National Urban Coalition and interim Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Lina Frescas Dobbs, Executive Director, Wider Opportunities for Women; Dr. Martha Burk, Center for the Advancement of Public Policy

Media Resources:


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

12/18/2014 New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide - The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote. If the bill is passed, New Jersey workers will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. . . .
 
12/18/2014 American Apparel Hired Its First-Ever Woman Chief Executive to Replace Dov Charney - Six months after retail store American Apparel fired its chief executive and founder Dov Charney, the company has hired retail executive Paula Schneider as a replacement. Schneider, who will become American Apparel's first female chief executive, will take over the position as of January 5. Charney had led American Apparel since 1998 and became well-known from American Apparel's sexist advertising and from several sexual harassment lawsuits and sexual assault accusations against him by former employees. . . .
 
12/18/2014 Obama's Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History - Congress came to a close on Tuesday night with the Senate confirmation of 12 new federal judges and 12 executive appointments - including Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, Sarah Saldana as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Tony Blinken as deputy Secretary of State. . . .