March 21, 2014

This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss the Contraception Cases headed to SCOTUS, Sheryl Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" Campaign , and the past, present and future of women in Congress.

PANEL: Gloucester Institute President Kay Coles James; Republican Strategist Rina Shah; The New Agenda's Amy Siskind; NPR host Avis Jones DeWeever

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Contraception Cases

The Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.

  • Avis Jones DeWeever: “In spite of the supreme courts wrong headed citizens united decision and Mitt Romney’s crazy logic corporations are not people my friend.”

  • Rina Shah: “It's not a big dig to find out that contraception wouldn’t be available to you and you can move on. I don’t think contraception is a right. I just don’t.”

  • Kay Coles James: “We have to be honest. It's not about contraception. It's about abortifacient and for them it’s the taking of a human life and I think we have to respect that.”

  • Amy Siskind: “Hobby lobby’s religious freedom is a euphemism for them imposing their religion on the rest of us.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: "When you can observe any religion you want, this is such a tiny issue in terms of your freedom of expression of religion."



"Ban Bossy" Campaign


Is Sheryl Sanberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign too bossy?


  • Avis Jones Deweever: "She has a hard time understanding the challenges that women and girls go through that did not come from her privileged background."

  • Rina Shah: “I’m not sure I understand this whole thing.  I think this is to me, an attempt for Sheryl Sandberg, just to get her name out there even more."

  • Kay Coles James: "At the end of the day, what kind of women are we training and raising up that can’t handle [being called bossy]?"

  • Amy Siskind: “The message young women and girls are getting is that they shouldn’t want to lead.”



Former Congresswomen


Congresswomen talk about the past and future of women in leadership.


  • Kay Coles James: “Where we are right now with the Republican party, the recognition is there[...] women are welcomed into the party leadership. Welcomed into the role as candidate. And there’s never been a better time.”

  • Blanche Lincoln:  "It's still a title now to be broken for all you young women out there."

  • Mary Bono:  "Women are equally capable of political back and forth...certainly women aren't the weaker sex."

  • Carol Moseley Braun:  "Women are half the population and in a democracy...women should be equally represented."

  • Connie Morella:  "We had the height of women coming into Congress in 1992.  We call that 'The Year of the Woman'."

  • Barbara Kennelly:  "The 1st day I came to congress there were 21 women in the house and 2 in the senate. Now there are 99 in the house and 20 in the senate."



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