Today the Democratic Party is celebrating Women’s Equality Day. Ninety five years ago today, women won the right to vote, guaranteeing them one of the most basic rights available to an American citizen.
While Democrats are fighting to protect women’s rights every day, it occurs to us that the GOP presidential candidates are in serious need of a lesson on women’s equality. When it comes to paid leave, equal pay, women’s health, and the importance of raising the minimum wage, the GOP candidates don’t have a clue!
So as a favor to anyone who has the chance to school these candidates on equal rights, we hope you find the following lesson plan helpful.
TITLE: Women’s Equality 101
OBJECTIVES: To teach the GOP presidential candidates the importance of women’s equality; to correct policy positions that will take women backwards
BASE KNOWLEDGE OF SUBJECT: Minimal
MISCONCEPTIONS OF SUBJECT: Candidates lack understanding of the following:
- Importance of women’s health funding
- Need to improve access to the ballot box for women, who make up 53 percent of voters
- Importance of equal pay for equal work
- Ability of families to get ahead when they have access to paid family leave
KEY NUMBERS AND DEFINITIONS FOR LESSON:
- “78 cents”: How much a woman is paid on average for every dollar a man earns
- “$500,000,000”: The amount of money Jeb Bush doubted was necessary for women’s health care
- “Choice”: A right GOP presidential candidates want to take away from women, even in cases of rape and incest (note:Scott Walker and Marco Rubio will likely need extra help on this section)
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR LESSON:
- Biology textbook: Yesterday, Jeb Bush claimed that Planned Parenthood isn’t doing “women’s health issues.” Textbook required for teaching candidates that cancer screenings, breast exams, pap smears, and pre-natal care – all provided by Planned Parenthood – are considered “women’s health” services.
- Calculator: Candidates like Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Carly Fiorina have expressed their distaste for pay equity legislation. Calculator needed during this lesson to show difference between what a woman makes on average and what a man makes.
- Pocket Constitution: Candidates will need to study the 19th amendment—adopted on August 26, 1920—in order to grasp the understanding that they should support policies, like early voting, that expand ballot access for women.
- Candidates should bring policy proposals on how they plan to support women to class. Candidates will present their ideas for how to close the pay gap, how they plan to raise the minimum wage to help women get ahead (remember, women make up 2/3 of minimum wage workers), how they’ll ensure women have access to affordable health care, and how they’ll make it easier for women to exercise their right to vote.
- **NOTE **: In the event the above activity does not work since none of the candidates have, to this point, presented any legitimate proposals to close the pay gap, raise the minimum wage, ensure women have access to affordable health care, or will make it easier for women to exercise their right to vote, we suggest the candidates just “work longer hours” on their proposals.
HOMEWORK: Candidates should change their damaging policies for women or work on an inevitable concession speech.
Tags: Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Equal Pay, George Pataki, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Minimum Wage, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, scott walker, Ted Cruz, Women's Health