Two weeks ago at the CNN GOP Presidential debate for the frontrunners, the only woman in the mix, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina took on the brash top contender, Donald Trump, and won. She also took on left-wing America’s favourite campaign myth, the Republican’s “war on women.”
During the 2012 presidential race, the “war on women” myth was promulgated by Democrats: Republicans are anti-women and want to send them back to the1950s because of their anti-abortion, pro-life stance. They drew a really dark picture for the American woman if Democrats were not elected.
Well, take it from the first female Fortune 20 CEO, Carly Fiorina, that is a lie. And she’s dispelling the myth head-on, not only by example, but also through aggressive campaigning.
Since announcing her campaign in May of this year, the 61-year-old, breast cancer survivor has created savvy campaign ads, such as satirising sexism in the workplace, and directly countering sexism thrown her way by her presidential rival Trump. The self-funded, reality TV-star was quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine as saying: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
Her fast and classy response was a beautiful ad of different women’s faces, representing all ages, with the quote “The face of leadership in our party, the party of woman’s suffrage.”Clearly, the Republicans can’t have a “war on women” if they gave them the right to vote, right? Right.
Asked what she thought about those comments during the debate, Fiorina replied: “Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” The bully became speechless. Carly for the win.
What makes her distinctly different from the leftist feminists of her generation and that of her Democratic rival Hilary Clinton is again her exceptionally strong and vocal pro-life position. Even as a woman who made history in a predominately male industry, she does not think abortion is pro-woman; and she is not stepping away from the controversy that causes. In quite a historic way, Fiorina is taking on the elephant in the room as one of her main campaign themes.
From the beginning of her campaign, her loudest message has been calling for the federal government’s defunding of the USA’s largest abortion provider and favourite Democratic Party donor, Planned Parenthood, which receives half a million in taxpayer dollars a year.
In the recent wake of disturbing undercover videos revealing that Planned Parenthood performs abortions in such a way as to keep the foetus’ body parts intact, Fiorina in no uncertain terms calls out how morally irreprehensible this organisation of “women’s choice” is.
Firmly staring directly into the camera at the CNN debate, she dares the leading Democratic and only other female candidate, as well as, the highest recipient of Planned Parenthood political donations, Hillary Clinton.
“As regards to Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes.
“This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.”
Indeed, Fiorina is now sticking the phrase “war on women” onto the Democrats for funding, defending and receiving Planned Parenthood support, which now is known for dividing and selling human body parts.
So, who is now really raging the “war on women”? Will Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party distance themselves from what has been an icon of the women’s movement? These are all serious questions that only Fiorina is asking, a Republican woman.
Fiorina is playing not just to make history as the first Republican woman nominee for president, she is playing to make history as a pro-life feminist, fighting the war against women, which can be summed up as abortion and the people who profit from exploiting women and their unborn babies in their most desperate and vulnerable time.
And this is not just for Republican women, but for all women who don’t want to be labelled or discredited for choosing life and valuing that greatest privilege of being a woman. She knows how destructive abortion is for humanity and society, and that future generations will look back in disgust at how this era could have tolerated such a practice. And you know what… history will prove her right.