July 25, 2014

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Arresting Parents, Promoting Diversity, and Debra Rhode’s new book What Women Want.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Focus Point Host Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever, RH Reality Check Editor Erin Matson, The Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall, and Republican Strategist Rina Shah.


Click read more to see what they had to say!

Arresting Parents

Mothers are being arrested for child endangerment after acts of desperation.

  • Bonnie Erbe: “I don't know what [Shanesha Taylor’s] education level is but it was clearly college or more. How could she let herself fall into this situation?”

  • Avis Jones DeWeever: “What happened to them is an indictment on our society.... Women like this need affordable child care, quality child care. They don’t need a rap sheet.”

  • Erin Matson: “Throwing women in jail is not an appropriate response to a failed social safety net and what we need to do is take a look at the welfare to work requirements and throw them out. ”

  • Jennifer Marshall: “The decision about whether something constitutes child abuse that should be punished..has to be made at the level of someone who knows that situation.”

  • Rina Shah: “This is not the way to go about things--arresting poor mothers doesn’t help them at all. I think there are other interventions such as getting child protective services involved right away.”


Promoting Diversity

Female and minority executives are penalized for advancing workplace diversity.

  • Bonnie Erbe: “When white males take a leadership position and diversify their heroes and when anyone else does it they're incompetent.”

  • Avis Jones DeWeever: “What we see in corporate America is not a reflection of who's the most qualified. It is a reflection of who has doors open for them and who do not.”

  • Erin Matson: “We need to have white men step up in bringing women and people of color into leadership.”

  • Jennifer Marshall: “Have a reputation for consistently doing the right thing, rewarding merit, being fair and equitable, and then you don't have to worry about every new poll or survey or report that comes down on how you might be perceived.”

  • Rina Shah: “Casting aside credible, knowledgeable, the best candidates in search of the female and the minority is wrong. I really want the best qualified candidates to be there.”


What Women Want

Author Deborah Rhode says the women's movement needs a jump start.

  • Bonnie Erbe: “People would be saying women are now equal if Hillary Clinton had been elected president.”

  • Avis Jones DeWeever: “Even though we do have a black president obviously there are still sort of entrenched issues that we face that we still haven't gotten over yet.”  

  • Erin Matson: “We need to also have an aggressive policy agenda that’s working to secure full equality for women and I mean without religious exemptions.”

  • Jennifer Marshall: “We want to make policy a place where different values can be expressed...Too often the mainstream media portray this as a zero sum game.”

  • Rina Shah: “I disagree with this notion that individual voices don't matter...Yes we need one voice but it still needs to be many and that turns into one.”

  • Deborah Rhode: “It’s this no problem, problem that I think is really at the root of our current dilemma.”


Be sure to tune in this week for more discussion! Click here to check your local listings.