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-01-01

DIVISIVE ASHCROFT VOTE SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT BUSH

Statement by Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal

This historic vote on John Ashcroft for U.S. Attorney General sends a message to President Bush: “You don’t have a mandate to use the courts or the Department of Justice to reverse civil rights and/or women’s rights.” What’s more, 42 votes indicate this unprecedented coalition of women’s and civil rights, labor, gun control, environmental groups can and will block a hostile Supreme Court appointment.

In my 25 years as a women’s rights leader I have never seen such a strong, diverse citizens’ coalition to block a cabinet position. This coalition will continue to grow to ensure hostile appointments to the Supreme Court will not prevail.

I am very proud that 100 percent of the Democratic women Senators voted to stop Ashcroft and voted to protect the hard won gains of the women’s rights movement. Our constituents, members and supporters have spoken loudly and clearly, and they will be watching. Like the Clarence Thomas vote, the lack of women and minorities in the U.S. Senate is more apparent than ever. And like the Clarence Thomas vote, too many men in the Senate still don’t get it. And like the Clarence Thomas vote, because of their vote today some Senators will not be returning. And, if the moderate Republicans continue to ignore their constituency, their numbers will continue to dwindle.

This fight forced Ashcroft in sworn testimony to go on record that he will enforce Roe v. Wade, Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), and civil rights and women’s rights laws and we intend to hold him, the Senate, and the President accountable.

Media Resources: Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority


© 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

3/27/2015 Security and Women's Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery - President Ashraf Ghani and a delegation of some 70 plus Afghan leaders came to the US this week to urge Congress and President Obama to extend the deadline for removing support troops from Afghanistan. . . .
 
3/27/2015 Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples - A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers. The votes, though significant, are symbolic. . . .
 
3/25/2015 Afghan Woman Beaten to Death for Burning Koran - A 27-year-old woman ‎who reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside of a riverside shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive on Thursday. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her. . . .