Magazine article National NOW Times

Why Not Take Up Knitting?

Magazine article National NOW Times

Why Not Take Up Knitting?

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Looking Ahead to the 2006 Elections

Are you tired of complaining about corrupt, unprincipled members of Congress? Do you cringe every time you hear George W. Bush or Dick Cheney's voice on the radio? Have you taken a new interest in the crossword puzzle since the front page news seems to deteriorate daily? With George Bush in the White House, Congress controlled by the right wing, and the Supreme Court possibly lost for a generation, why not take up knitting?

Ironically, the worse the news is for women, the better chance we have to throw the rascals out and elect women (feminists!) fora change. Every new front page of scandal, every indictment of a right-wing operative, makes it likelier that in November voters will be in the mood to toss out those in power and start with a clean slate.

As Roe v. Wade continues to be weakened by the Supreme Court, the battleground is shifting to the states. And, more than any time since the state-by-state fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, we need strength at that level. There are feminist governors running for re-election: Janet Napolitano in Arizona, Kathleen Sebelius in Kansas and Jennifer Granholm in Michigan. We need these women poised to veto any state bills that jeopardize women's rights. And because the state legislatures will be empowered to make mischief if Roe is scuttled, it has never been more important to elect feminists at every level of the political pipeline. We need more NOW activists in the state legislatures, like Beth Edmonds, former NO W National Board member and now president of the Maine Senate, and Terry Schooley, former president of NC NOW, serving in the Delaware State House. …

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