November 15, 2013
This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss Obamacare and Women’s Health Protection, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Education Initiative, and certifying companies as Woman-Friendly with EDGE.
Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, The Gender Equality Project’s Megan Beyer, The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood, Former Bush White House Aide Mercedes Viana Schlapp
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Obamacare and Women’s Health Protection:

  • Genevieve Wood: "You now see men and women of both parties of this country saying, “this isn’t what we were told it was going to be.”
  • Mercedes Viana Schlapp: "Maybe they should’ve read this legislation before it was passed, as Nancy Pelosi so famously talked about."
  • Patricia Sosa: "It’s collapsing basically at this point, but there’s hope, and they may be able to fix it. So it’s not over yet."
  • Megan Beyer: "As far as the Women’s Health Protection Act...we had a focus group on that in Virginia in these elections, and the Democrats came out very well."


First Lady Michelle Obama's Education Initiative:

  • Patricia Sosa: "[Michelle Obama]’s so smart and popular, I would like to see her more engaged in the actual political process."
  • Genevieve Wood: "She should also be encouraging parents...get mom involved and get dad involved."
  • Megan Beyer: "I’ve been a political is the PR job of the century to work as First Lady of America!"
  • Mercedes Viana Schlapp:  "Hillary Clinton stepped forward on the Healthcare initiative, and got burned. Michelle was not going to go down that route."

EDGE - Certifying Companies as Woman-Friendly

  • Megan Beyer: "Consumers want to know that companies they deal with are gender-enlightened. Potential workers want to know. Even investors want to know."
  • Mercedes Viana Schlapp: "The more women we have involved, the more women on board,  the better it is for the company!"
  • Patricia Sosa: "You need to change the infrastructure...[EDGE] is a mechanism and a tool to do so!"
  • Genevieve Wood  says EDGE certification is good for women because it will "create competition" among companies.


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