Guest Post — Oct. 30, 2013
Note from Dan: Sally Mullikin is a Franklin County native who now lives in Richmond.
By Sally Mullikin
As the election nears, I would like to remind most men that our uterus does not lean to the left or right. Women have been the target of misogynist legislation in Virginia from our General Assembly, to our Governor, Lt. Governor, and especially the Attorney General. In less than a week, we have the opportunity to show everyone across the United States that Virginia is a progressive state that cares about women.
Just three years ago, I stood hand in hand with over 1,500 women, men and our supporters lining the streets to the Capitol in Richmond to protest the Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill as well as the Personhood Bill. At that time the candidate who is now running for Attorney General for the GOP ticket introduced a bill forcing a woman to report her miscarriage to the police within 24 hours.
If anyone thinks this is old news, then think again, because the Equal Rights Amendment has not been ratified. Women do not have equal rights under the constitution and if we keep electing politicians with such extreme agendas then we might as well run the clocks back 50 years and pretend we are not in 2013.
Over the past few years in Richmond and around the state we are seeing a tide of moderate Republicans who embrace diversity and compromise leave the Tea Party and move to the more progressive ideals of the Democratic Party. These are Republicans who have never endorsed a Democrat, however the GOP ticket is so extreme that they have no other choice.
Tuesday November 5th, we do have a choice and one woman’s plea is to honor our rights as individuals and vote for the candidates who will fight for us. This fight is not about ideology or religion, it’s about our rights as individuals to make our own healthcare decisions and equal pay for equal work.
I grew up in a time that women were forced to wear dresses, take lesser jobs and had no reproductive healthcare access. Our mothers were treated as even lesser human beings and forced to live their lives subservient to their male counterparts. We have seen the destructive legislation and have fought to move away from this ideal. Next Tuesday, remember Women’s Suffrage, “burning our bras” and now stopping the Tea Party in Virginia.
We’ll all be better off, because when the women aren’t happy, no one is happy.