April 11, 2014


This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius, why women don't vote for women, the rise in stay-at-home moms and efforts to employ women veterans.

PANEL: Gender Equality Project's Megan BeyerDaily Beast Political Reporter Francesca Chambers, Tobacco Free Kid's Patricia Sosa, The Heritage Foundation's Jennifer Marshall
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Sebelius Resigns

Kathleen Sebelius resigns in the wake of Affordable Care Act Controversy.

  • Jennifer Marshall:  “Sebelius had an impossible task...it’s an unworkable, unaffordable law that the majority of americans oppose and that’s not going away.”
  • Francesca Chambers:  “Sebelius was my governor for 6 years. She was a wonderful administrator and a wonderful governor.  Obamacare did not fail because she was a bad administrator.”
  • Patricia Sosa:  “She was a 'fall guy' but she did an elegant job and she definitely left on her on own terms.”
  • Megan Beyer:  “If she was the 'fall guy' she would have been fired immediately.”
  • Bonnie Erbe:


Women Voters

Why women don't vote for women.

  • Jennifer Marshall:  “Women candidates should be evaluated on the merit of their ideas and the qualifications that they have for office.”
  • Francesca Chambers:  “Republicans need to do a better job of articulating that if you vote for the Republican Party instead of giving you a bunch of free stuff from the government, we’re going to help you get the opportunity to have the money to get those things for yourself.”
  • Patricia Sosa:  “A woman candidate has to be beautiful, has to look perfect, [and] has to have great ideas. The standard is so much higher for a female candidate and that’s really the challenge.”
  • Megan Beyer:  “I think it’s better to look at women as being thinking members of the electorate who will vote on something more than just gender.”
  • Bonnie Erbe:  "Men vote for men. So why wouldn’t we want women to vote for women?”


Stay-At-Home Moms

More women are staying home to raise their children.

  • Jennifer Marshall:  “More women are saying I’d like to work less than I do or I’d like to be at home completely with my kids. We want an economic system where we have the most freedom to make that choice.”
  • Francesca Chambers:  "I have a friend who is having twins right now, and her husband did the math and determined that it didn’t really make sense for her to go back to work. She wanted to be at home with the kids because a nanny for two is very expensive." 
  • Patricia Sosa:  “If you leave the workforce, it’s a big risk and it could put you in poverty.”
  • Megan Beyer:  “Everybody I know [that] does the math says, ‘It’s hardly worth it.  I have to pay for childcare, and I may as well be home with my children because I’m not able to do it.'” 
  • Bonnie Erbe: “[Immigrants] come here to work...I’m surprised by these data that say a lot of them aren’t working.”


Women Veterans

A joint effort between government and commerce to employ women veterans.

  • Jennifer Marshall:  “This is going to be an issue of raising awareness and making sure that the relational networks are there.”
  • Francesca Chambers:  “Women veterans were willing to give their lives, and I absolutely think the government should do more."
  • Patricia Sosa:  “It’s very exciting to see veteran women networking to help each other.”
  • Megan Beyer:  “[The government says] we’re gonna give [employers] preferences in our contracting if you reflect women veterans in your workforce.”
  • Bonnie Erbe:  “It’s wonderful that [women veterans] are coming out of the service with technical, male-oriented skills that they can go into the marketplace and sell.”