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Bridget Johnson


February 20, 2014 - 11:59 am

House Democrats are spending this week’s congressional break at forums intended to deepen ties with women voters, including one today in Atlanta with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

The title of the forum — “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” — was a line in President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

“Women in America and in Georgia have been left out and left behind. For every dollar a man earned, a woman only earned about 77 cents. That’s not right. That’s not fair. We’ve heard from many women today telling their story, powerful stories. Too many women are receiving what I call starvation wages. They work from sun up to sun down with very low pay. We’ve got to do much better. They have child care, taking care of elderly parents,” Lewis told CNN.

Dems have introduced legislation in both chambers of Congress to help pay for child care. That ties in with Obama’s push for universal preschool.

“Child care is necessary if you expect mothers and women to work. Somebody got to help take care of the little children,” Lewis said.

When asked if Republicans don’t care about women, the congressman said, “I just happen to believe that we all should care about women. Without women, without our mothers and grandmothers, we wouldn’t be around.”


Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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It's an election year. Time to buy votes.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
People shouldn't be compelled to subsidize the unilateral decisions made by other people, including women and their reproductive decisions.

The cost of subsidized day care and other 'goodies' should be considered to be part of any woman's total compensation, and she needs to realize that when she demands goodies from her employer, that it comes in lieu of money in her paycheck, just like a 401k contribution or her elections of stock purchase programs, or expanded medical insurance, or picking a premium dental plan.

Nah, women have demonstrated that they'll vote with their lady parts for anyone who promises to rob other people and give them free stuff, and pretend they're victims.
23 weeks ago
23 weeks ago Link To Comment
Anyone who votes with her "lady parts" is nothing but a... lady part.
23 weeks ago
23 weeks ago Link To Comment
All women?
23 weeks ago
23 weeks ago Link To Comment
Gretz, your points would be valid for daycare subsidized by an employer, as some do. This article is about government-funded daycare out of your pocket and mine.
23 weeks ago
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When you start with the discredited "77 cents" meme, there's very little reason to pay attention, but I scanned it anyway.
It's true that America and Americans succeed together. Gender, skin color, parental status -- not factors.
It is not government business -- not any level of government business -- to determine if mothers should be in the work force or to facilitate mothers to join the workforce. That's a decision for each family to make on their own terms and for their own reasons.
From the birth of our daughter until, well, this morning, my sweetheart has been at home or had part-time jobs that meshed with school schedules. I've been the full-timer. This has suited our family but that's all I would say.
I do say that my daughter, engaged and might have children in the next few years, has got no claim on Bill Gates or Glenn Reynolds or Bridget Johnson to pay taxes to subsidize child care if she chooses to remain in the work force. That's for daughter and her sweetheart to work out.
Although my sweetheart does want a crack at that eventual baby herself.
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