Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Governor Palin has graciously issued a statement in support of former First Lady Laura Bush. Mrs. Bush is being unfairly ridiculed by leftist "feminists," as an email from ShePAC highlights. In part, the email reads:
Throughout the history of our great nation, First Ladies have traditionally adopted and championed causes close to their hearts. Jacqueline Kennedy restored the dilapidated White House to its former grandeur. Nancy Reagan fought the war on drugs. Laura Bush quietly and effectively worked for her fellow women, both at home and abroad.
A simple search of Wikipedia shows that Laura Bush dedicated much of her eight years in the White House to causes directly affecting women. Mrs. Bush travelled to the Middle East to lift the stigma of breast cancer and raise awareness of this deadly disease. She promoted the PEPFAR initiative in Africa helping to stop the spread of HIV-AIDS and malaria. And at great personal risk, Mrs. Bush travelled into the dangerous and war-torn Afghanistan to promote education for young girls and equality for women. Here at home she fought to raise awareness and prevention of heart disease—the leading cause of death amongst women. And she is a champion of the greatest equalizer of all—education and literacy for all of our children, stocking libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina among many other projects. We've put up a slide show of Mrs. Bush's service to women through the years on our Facebook page. Please click here to view it.
Which is why we are so puzzled that left wing, old school "feminists" have chosen to personally attack Mrs. Bush's selection for an award honoring her dedication and service to women. One of these so-called feminists, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, was quoted as saying, "I'm complaining that Mrs. Bush has never done anything for women to get this award."
What Ms. Pressman is really saying is that Mrs. Bush has failed to align herself with the causes of the left. To highlight where Ms. Pressman comes from: she is a co-founder of the National Organization of Women (NOW). But where were Ms. Pressman and NOW when Sarah Palin came under brutal attack for her gender? Where were Ms. Pressman and NOW when Anne Romney was criticized for choosing to stay at home and raise her children? Where were Ms. Pressman and NOW when Nikki Haley came under slanderous, gender-based attacks? NOW was silent because they don’t speak for women; rather, they are an out of touch group of liberals who speak only for liberal causes and candidates.
ShePAC is proud to #StandWithLaura, as Greta Van Susteren noted in her blog, and thank her for her unfailing commitment to helping women gain equality across the globe. Working quietly and effectively at home and around the world, Laura Bush is a shining role model for our daughters. Thank you, Mrs. Bush.
As Greta Van Susteren points out, Governor Palin is "never one to 'look the other way.'" Via Greta Wire:
It’s such a shame that some can’t put partisanship aside to recognize the good work done by one woman who used the platform she was given to help women around the world. Laura Bush continues to work tirelessly to help women in the Middle East get access to breast cancer treatment and preventative care. She has helped shine a light on the plight of women in Afghanistan and has encouraged women small business owners. These are things all women should applaud and encourage, not criticize or dismiss. And all of this was accomplished by a woman who did not seek or aspire to the position of First Lady. In fact, I’m told that she always preferred to be referred to simply as Laura Bush and not First Lady. When she found herself in a position to serve, she stepped up to the plate and hit a home run for women, and she still does to this day as she continues her work helping women at home and around the world.
There are so many issues of great concern that should unite all women. In fact, I think there are more issues that women agree on than disagree. We’re all concerned, for example, about equal opportunity for jobs and about raising our daughters in a respectful environment that allows them the freedom to achieve their full potential. Imagine the wonderful things women could accomplish together if an example like this unfair condemnation of a worthy Alice Award recipient would cease. I think Laura Bush and most reasonable women would agree with me on this.
- Sarah Palin
(h/t Stacy Drake)