June 23, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the Republicans’ healthcare bill, why young women’s progress is stalling, and Crunk Feminism.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe are Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC);  Atima Omara, President Emeritus, Young Democrats of America; Patrice Lee Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Voice; and Rina Shah, Republican Strategist.

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GOP Healthcare

Republican women senators could prove pivotal in whether the bill passes.

  • Del. Norton: "Women were barred from the room where the men wrote the bill, but sweet revenge will come in the vote.”

  • Atima Omara: "This is really going to affect two kinds of people: retirees and older women. Boomer women who take care of their families, their husbands, their kids.”

  • Rina Shah: "Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins are the game changers. Capito made it into the working group before.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “The male conservatives want to cut Medicaid funding, but the women want a ‘kinder’, as they put it, bill - right?”

  • Patrice Lee Onwuka: "This is just step 1 of repeal. Then you’re gonna have regulatory changes that come in the future. Some will be implemented in 2018, 2019, all the way up to 2024.”


Losing Ground

A new report says young women’s progress is stalling, or even reversing.

  • Beth Jarosz. Population Reference Bureau: inequality is rising. Things for people with less education have actually gotten much, much worse, much higher rates of poverty, much higher rates of unemployment and much worse health for women with less than a bachelor's degree.

  • Del. Norton: "We haven’t seen anything like this. This is the decline and fall of the American dream. This is each generation getting worse off.”

  • Atima Omara: “For men, [the recession] was hard for them, but for women  - who were already coming from behind - it was just a bit of a struggle.”

  • Rina Shah: "There is certainly something different that’s happened, because millennial women like me came out of college at a time where we thought we’d have great job opportunities and we simply did not .”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “We were the first to report that the Women's Bureau, which disaggregates labor data, so that we know, for example women are 2/3 of those on minimum wage, so that we know that women have higher unemployment rates... [President Trump] wants to cut that bureau from 11.5 million dollars  to 2.9 million and the next year even more. So they’re phasing it out- they don’t want those data getting out there. ”

  • Patrice Lee: “The student loan crisis or the affordability crisis for college plays a huge role when it comes to building wealth.”

Crunk Feminism

Looking at the intersectionality between African American culture and feminism.

  • Susana Morris, Crunk Feminist Collective: “Crunk Feminism is a way of talking about hip-hop generation feminism that centers the sort of dissonant clashing of pop culture critique and feminism.”

  • Del. Norton: "The [Crunk Feminist Collective] are reaching out to parts of the culture... some will be white, some will not ... they even like hip-hop! But they don’t like the misogynists! There’s a lot of hip-hop that’s not misogynist. And you gotta move to that beat! You don’t want to forsake the whole thing, and maybe you can correct it.”

  • Atima Omara: "When I say I’m a feminist, I clarify that I’m a black feminist, because I know there’s a theory behind that: intersectionalism.”

  • Rina Shah: "I don’t think we live in a society that hates women. I’m a feminist and a lifelong Republican ... because we agree that all issues are women’s issues.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “It is about time that white women started moving over and started giving the microphone at the podium to women of color in the feminist movement.”

  • Patrice Lee: "I consider myself a feminist... do I need to splice out my race, my background? No, I don’t think it’s necessary.”  



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