What Sarah Palin means for women and politics

All week, Reason magazine associate editor Katherine Mangu-Ward debates feminism and politics in the Palin era with blogger and author Amanda Marcotte.

Is Palin's parental prowess fair game?

September 12, 2008

Dust-Up

Is Palin's parental prowess fair game?

Today's question: Is a female candidate's performance as a mother truly off limits during a campaign? Previously, Mangu-Ward and Marcotte discussed the GOP’s downplaying of Cindy McCain's success as a businesswoman, the media’s focus on gender, whether a socially conservative candidate could ever appeal to feminists and Gloria Steinem’s criticism of Sarah Palin.

First lady -- a glorified housewife?

September 11, 2008

DUST-UP

First lady -- a glorified housewife?

Today's question: At their convention, Republicans ignored Cindy McCain's impressive business accomplishments and instead focused on her record of philanthropy. Why is a strong woman a good VP candidate but not a good first lady? Previously, Marcotte and Mangu-Ward discussed the media’s focus on gender, whether a socially conservative candidate could ever appeal to feminists and Gloria Steinem’s criticism of Sarah Palin.

Who made gender an issue?

September 10, 2008

Dust-Up

Who made gender an issue?

Today's question: Is gender more a media obsession or a real concern of voters? How likely is it that former Hillary Clinton supporters will break for John McCain because of Sarah Palin? Previously, Mangu-Ward and Marcotte discussed whether a socially conservative candidate could ever appeal to feminists and Gloria Steinem’s criticism of Palin.

Where are the pro-Palin feminists?

September 9, 2008

DUST-UP

Where are the pro-Palin feminists?

Today's question: Could a socially conservative female candidate ever appeal to feminists? Previously, Marcotte and Mangu-Ward discussed Gloria Steinem's comments on Sarah Palin.

Was Gloria Steinem right about Sarah Palin?

September 8, 2008

Dust-Up

Was Gloria Steinem right about Sarah Palin?

Today's topic: Discuss Gloria Steinem's recent Op-Ed in the L.A. Times, in which she called Sarah Palin the "wrong woman" for the VP job. All week, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Amanda Marcotte discuss what Palin's candidacy means for women's issues and politics.

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