There’s more, but you get the idea.
Those women (and men) who support Elder in his bid for governor should take a clear-eyed look at his record. There couldn’t be a worse time for California voters (or voters anywhere) to elect someone who can’t be counted on to fight for women — much less comprehend the challenges they face.
What women across the nation need more than anything is politicians who will fight for us with smart policies that help us afford childcare and housing, earn equal pay, hang on to our jobs even when we need breaks and keep our kids safe at school — not men like Elder who deny that we face any struggle at all.
It’s also hard to imagine that qualified, successful women will be flocking to work for a man who seems to hold women in such low regard. That is, there is the very real possibility that, should Californians elect Elder, women who would advocate for policies supporting the state’s women would likely find their voices drowned out in his administration.
So many women — and especially mothers — in this country are faring horribly. It would have been hard to imagine how things could get worse. But, for Californians, if Elder is elected, they almost certainly will.