As the Democratic primary process continues to roll on, one thing is pretty clear: this has been one of the most substantive, and riveting, election seasons in a generation. It has also been a contest where both candidates have elevated the discussion on women's issues; expanding it beyond its traditional bounds. With that in mind, here are 10 Bernie Sanders quotes about women that prove he's always been on our side.
Even though there are still two women competing for the presidency (Dr. Jill Stein, for example, has been a steadfast champion of environmental issues leading the Green Party ticket), the candidate that is arguably resonating the most with younger women voters has been Senator Bernie Sanders. His impassioned championing of a whole smorgasbord of issues that have been largely neglected by the political establishment thus far has inspired a whole contingent of ride-or-die young — and young at heart — women who have helped propel his campaign forward thus far, against all odds.
Whether Bernie ends up as the Democratic nominee or not, he's been fighting the good fight for a progressive society that recognizes and appreciates the human value present in everyone for basically his entire life. Personally, that's the kind of feminist I'd like to see in the White House.
Bernie Supports The Right Of Mom And Baby To Bond...
...Even If They Aren't In White-Collar Families
Bernie Stands With All Victims Of Domestic Violence...
We are not going back to the days of wide-scale domestic violence, even if 31 Republican men in the Senate recently voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because it expanded coverage to the gay community and Native Americans. — "United Against The War On Women," a 2012 Huffington Post op-ed.
...Especially When It Comes To Gun Violence
Bernie Supports Helping Grow Strong Families
He Gets Intersectionality And Income Inequality
It is a national disgrace that women only earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. The gender pay gap is even worse for women of color. Today, African American women earn just 64 cents for every dollar a white male earns, while the figure for Hispanic women is just 54 cents — "ISSUES: Fighting for Women's Rights," BernieSanders.com
Bernie Is Unabashedly Pro-Choice...
... And Gets How Critical Access To Sexual Health Services Really Is
He Doesn't Want Families To Have To Worry About Student Debt
Basically, Bernie Just Gets Feminism
One of the great things about this election year has been that there have been two outspoken champions for a wide range of issues that affect women on the Democratic ticket. Bernie's brand of feminism certainly demonstrates that he "gets" it, and would be an excellent feminist choice for the presidency.