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News/Commentary, Blog posts and publications(...)IWF RSShttp://iwf.org/images/email-logo.pnghttp://www.iwf.org33968Market headed for trouble? • After the Bell http://iwf.org/media/2796656/Sabrina SchaefferThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumMid East conflict spooking oil mkt?/Obama facing blowback from Bergdahl • After the Bellhttp://iwf.org/media/2796655/Sabrina SchaefferThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumFallout from Fracking Regs/"Operation Choke Point" Regs • After the Bellhttp://iwf.org/media/2796634/Sabrina SchaefferTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum"Violent" reaction to rate hike?/FEMA gets picky with funding • After the Bell http://iwf.org/media/2796633/Sabrina SchaefferTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum"War on Women": Democrats say it's back, while Republicans say it's over. http://iwf.org/media/2796616/Sabrina SchaefferSun, 22 Mar 2015 12:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumEPA targeting BBQ, Showers • Forbes on Foxhttp://iwf.org/media/2796610/Sabrina SchaefferSat, 21 Mar 2015 09:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumConcerns over WA government pot shop • Forbes on Foxhttp://iwf.org/media/2796606/Sabrina SchaefferSat, 21 Mar 2015 07:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum‘WAR ON WOMEN’? A MEME IN SEARCH OF VICTIMS<p> A potential presidential candidate, the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the fourth highest ranking Republican, a respected economist, a famous pollster, and the head of one of the nation&rsquo;s largest grassroots organization&rsquo;s come together for a discussion.</p> <p> A bunch of men, right? Progressive men, you assume? Nope.</p> <p> They are conservative women who gathered in Washington, D.C. this week. Unfortunately you probably didn&rsquo;t hear about it because the media can&rsquo;t be bothered actually showcasing conservative women that confuse them with facts. They surely don&rsquo;t care enough about you, dear reader, to share with you the thoughts of these women so established as to be able to speak to those facts from areas of political, business, and legislative expertise.</p> <p> Concerned Women for America had the privilege of hosting a Capitol Hill briefing this week.</p> <p> The discussion: &ldquo;War No More: Why the War on Women is Untruthful, Unhelpful, and Unlikely to Succeed&rdquo; was open to the public, Congressional staffers, and media. Each panelist, Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett Packard), Kellyanne Conway (President of The Polling Company inc./Woman Trend), Sabrina Schaeffer (Executive Director of the Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum), and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (4th highest ranking Republican in Congress), valiantly fought back against the idea that women are victims with an inability or desire to achieve success. In fact, the women themselves serve as living examples of the American dream, most coming from the lower economic rung.</p> <p> Stories were told of backgrounds growing up, doing without, and working hard to climb the ladder of success in our great country with panelists talking about stepping off that ladder to have children and jumping back on when they were ready. Young women in the crowd nodded their head at statements like that of Carly Fiorina: &ldquo;We all need someone to take a chance on us and see us for what we represent, regardless of our circumstances,&rdquo; and <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#ffffff;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Sabrina Schaeffer saying, &ldquo;We have a really positive story to tell about women and girls in America.&rdquo;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> Shocking!</p> <p> CWA&rsquo;s&nbsp;panel pointed out just how pro-woman our country is, due to unprecedented levels of justice, opportunity, and economic freedom enjoyed by American woman today. We, in fact, agree with Hillary Clinton when she says: &ldquo;There&rsquo;s never been a better time in history to be born a female.&rdquo;</p> <p> According to the Department of Education and well cited in Concerned Women for America&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cwfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/War-on-Women.pdf">&ldquo;War No More&rdquo; publication</a>, women are earning the majority of undergraduate and graduate, law, and medical degrees. Women own a third of small businesses, and the numbers of women-owned businesses of any size are growing at one and a half times the rates of those owned by men. In fact, in the next four years fully 1/3 of all American jobs will be generated by women-owned businesses. This is historic! At every level of the economic ladder, women earn 50 percent more than women a generation ago.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s a piece of bad news.</p> <p> Sadly, young conservative women need to know something. Although America is a mostly level playing field full of opportunity, they will be held to a different standard by liberal women activist and media no matter how hard they try or how much they achieve. Their beliefs on abortion disqualify them from the respect they are due in certain circles.</p> <p> Carly Fiorina made exactly that point with her anecdote during Monday&rsquo;s panel:</p> <p> &ldquo;I just came out of Iowa, and I remember Hillary Clinton standing in a Union Hall in Cedar Rapids during the election between Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst, and Hillary Clinton said, &lsquo;It&rsquo;s not enough to be a woman, you have to be a woman who believes &hellip;&rsquo; She (Hillary) then went through the litany of liberal beliefs. So in essence what she was saying is unless you&rsquo;re on our team, we don&rsquo;t think you count.&rdquo;</p> <p> The left&rsquo;s clear bias was revealed in their reaction to combat veteran, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst&rsquo;s response to the President&rsquo;s State of the Union Address; it was abysmal with pro-abortion EMILY&rsquo;s List sending out a press release calling her &ldquo;window dressing.&rdquo;</p> <p> Ann Romney, wife of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, was mocked for having multiple sclerosis during Mitt&rsquo;s campaign run. And women like Michelle Malkin are vilified in the media with figure heads like MSNBC&rsquo;s Keith Oldermann comparing her to a &ldquo;mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.&rdquo; Had it been the other way around and the object of scorn was Hillary Clinton, the wagons would have circled, and the offender been verbally beaten into submission.</p> <p> The logic is simple. Liberals know that females hold <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/k-sujata/election-2012-women_b_2093071.html">53 percent</a> of the vote which is why they spent <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/kim-strassel-america-is-war-on-women-weary-1412900814">$70 million</a> on gender baiting ads in the 2014 elections and work so hard to ostracize the ones that don&rsquo;t agree with them.</p> <p> <em>Washington Post</em> reporter Dana Milbank was the latest bully; <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republican-women-say-war-no-more-the-men-keep-shooting-their-mouths-off/2015/03/16/4dfa3212-cc25-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html">his article</a> covering the &ldquo;War No More&rdquo; panel failing to convey an honest report of the panel or refute any of the claims by the panelists, but instead focusing on snarky character attacks and past Disney references. He simply ignored the breadth of experience and information offered.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t confuse him with the facts.</p> <p> For the record, I did like the movie <em>Frozen</em>.</p> <p> Now that that is out of the way, he would have heard articulate, cohesive answers to three very important questions:&nbsp; What do women think about the idea of a &ldquo;war on women?&rdquo; What do women want from their government? And what are the real challenges and potential solutions for women in this political and economic climate? He&rsquo;s not interested just catty.</p> <p> But these questions demand an answer, and as Hillary Clinton postures to be the first female President, it would be beneficial for the media to allow answers to be heard. It is important for conservative women to remind media and culture that we are not monolithic voters.</p> <p> Yes, we would be excited to see the first female President, but not to fill some quota at the expense of our children&rsquo;s future. We must continue to discuss how conservative policies will remove the heavy hand of government from our pockets and return the power back to the people to remove themselves and their neighbors from a cycle of poverty via poor public policy.</p> <p> Panelists in Monday&rsquo;s &ldquo;War No More&rdquo; panel on Capitol Hill talked about their community involvement and outreach to lower income communities. We conservative women differ with Hillary and her liberal friends on how to truly help those in need in our communities and abroad. We believe in the authority of our constitution. We differ on national security. We understand the free market system&rsquo;s necessary impact on economic policy and healthcare. We believe that strong families and communities are necessary for a healthy nation. And yes, we believe in respect for human life and protection for the &ldquo;least of these&rdquo; in society.</p> <p> The left is short-sighted when it obsesses solely on the one issue on which roughly half of us disagree with each other. There is much work to do and some real common ground. Inner city moms and suburban moms want flexible education choices and better options for American women in need of vocational training. The Clinton Foundation report cites that one in four girls around the world are married as children. We can do better, but it will never happen as long as the left continues to divide.</p> <p> If there is a war on women, it&rsquo;s become a civil war. Let&rsquo;s deal with the men on both of our sides and lean in for a discussion with each other.</p> http://iwf.org/media/2796590/Sabrina SchaefferThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumGOP Women Declare War on Women Over<p> The firestorm Democrats created after 2012&rsquo;s &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; claims is dead, Republican women panelists said Monday. Now the GOP just has to figure out how to win over female voters.</p> <p> It was not a battle of their choosing. They wanted peace, they say. But more than two years after the first shots were fired in the &ldquo;war on women,&rdquo; when Todd Akin <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2012/08/19/todd-akin-legitimate-rape.html" sl-processed="1">mused aloud about &ldquo;legitimate rape,&rdquo;</a> a group of conservative women say the war is over&mdash;and that they won.</p> <p> &ldquo;What do most women do every week? Do they fill up the gas tank and the grocery cart? Or do they get an abortion?&rdquo; said GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway to a roomful of conservative activists and congressional staffers Monday afternoon.</p> <p> The occasion was a panel discussion, &ldquo;War No More, &rdquo; hosted by Concerned Women for America, an evangelical Christian woman&rsquo;s group that stands as a counter to the liberal National Organization for Women.</p> <p> As Conway and her co-panelists saw it, the Democrats pulled a masterful bait-and-switch in 2012, when they <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/08/republicans-learn-the-cost-of-alienating-women-voters.html" sl-processed="1">hyped up comments</a> by Akin and by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock&mdash;who said unintended pregnancies as a result of rape were &ldquo;something God intended&rdquo;&mdash;into a &ldquo;war on women.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The notion that we can&rsquo;t think about anything other than from the waist down is congenitally flawed,&rdquo; Conway said. This was borne out in 2014, she said, when Democrats doubled down on the war plan but suffered a series of losses, even though at least one candidate, <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/04/a-gop-star-rises-in-colorado-beats-udall.html" sl-processed="1">Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado</a>, went so heavy on the reproductive health rhetoric that one of his own campaign supporters started <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/13/mark-udall-has-been-dubbed-mark-uterus-on-the-campaign-trail-thats-a-problem/" sl-processed="1">calling him Mark Uterus</a>.</p> <p> As far as Republicans are concerned, the sooner this particular war is over, the sooner they can begin to clear the battlefield and tend to the wounded.</p> <p> In 2012, women broke for Barack Obama by 11 points. And two-thirds of unmarried women, a growing slice of the electorate, voted for the Democrat. This year, with Hillary Clinton&mdash;or, as CWA president Penny Nance called her, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/30/david-fincher-beau-willimon-kate-mara-on-netflix-s-house-of-cards.html" sl-processed="1">Claire Underwood</a>&rdquo;&mdash;the likely Democratic nominee, the margin could widen further.</p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#ffffff;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&ldquo;The right simply doesn&rsquo;t take gender differences seriously enough,&rdquo; said Sabrina Schaeffer, the president of the Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum, warning that progressives were already far ahead of conservatives on their messaging. &ldquo;Thinking about and talking to women is not the same as pandering. It is not the same as playing gender differences.&rdquo;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> According to the panelists, Republicans can cut into that gap by reminding voters that no matter how bad the war on women may seem, it is not as bad as a real war.</p> <p> &ldquo;Women are being violated at the hands of Islamic jihadists,&rdquo; said Nance. According to Conway, the rise of terrorism overseas helped beat back the Democratic advance in 2014.</p> <p> Women then found out, she said, that &ldquo;ISIS&rsquo;s idea of birth control is to eradicate Western civilization.&rdquo;</p> <p> The other prong to the 2016 strategy is to go on offense on the abortion question. If Republicans have to answer questions about whether they believe in birth control, Democrats should have to answer questions about exactly how far their support of abortion extends. Does it extend to taxpayer-funded abortions? Sex-selective abortions? Abortions after 20 weeks?</p> <p> Finally, if Democrats have professed outrage at every ill-considered remark a Republican man makes, it is time for the GOP to do the same. Carly Fiorina, <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/25/carly-fiorina-is-getting-a-cpac-upgrade.html" sl-processed="1">herself a 2016 Republican presidential candidate</a>, showed the audience how it was done: She reminded them of the time that Sen. Joni Ernst, &ldquo;a sitting senator, a mother, a wife, a veteran,&rdquo; was called &ldquo;window dressing&rdquo; by EMILY&rsquo;s List. The audience audibly gasped.</p> <p> But if conservative female political strategists want to expand the notion of women&rsquo;s issues to something beyond reproductive health care, they may find themselves with even more explaining to do.</p> <p> <span style="color:#ea425b;"><strong>The pay gap between men and women is &ldquo;greatly exaggerated,&rdquo; according to Nance, and according to Schaeffer, a result of &ldquo;women&rsquo;s choices, and maybe a little bit of discrimination as well.&rdquo; Either way, they said, it is an issue not best redressed by Congress.</strong></span></p> <p> Instead, the panelists, which toward the end included Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, said their task was to explain why increasing the minimum wage, expanding paid sick and family leave, and addressing the pay gap would hurt women more than it would help them.</p> <p> According to Fiorina, the key to ending the pay gap was by giving the older generation a haircut. Seniority, she said, kept people from being paid their worth.</p> <p> Seniority systems were the reason &ldquo;we keep getting inspector general reports that say that people watching porn all day long are getting paid exactly the same as someone who works hard and does their job. And who supports the seniority system? Unions. Government bureaucracies. The constituencies that the Democrats like to protect.&rdquo;</p> <p> In other words, the war on women may be over. Long live the war on the bureaucratic masturbators.</p> http://iwf.org/media/2796551/Sabrina SchaefferTue, 17 Mar 2015 09:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumRepublican women say ‘War No More,’ but the men keep shooting their mouths off<p> There were a couple of problems right off the bat when would-be Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the top Republican woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sat down with conservative interest groups Monday afternoon to refute the notion that the GOP is waging a &ldquo;war on women.&rdquo;</p> <p> First, there was the name of the gathering in the Capitol complex, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/638078852985029/" title="www.facebook.com">War No More</a>,&rdquo; which implicitly acknowledged that there <em>has</em> been a war on women, as Democrats allege.</p> <p> Then there was the matter of the emcee, Penny Young Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America. On Fox News last month, she criticized the children&rsquo;s movie &ldquo;Frozen,&rdquo; of all things, for making men seem useless. She said the animated film &mdash; which features princesses and a singing snowman named Olaf &mdash; empowered women at &ldquo;the cost of tearing down men&rdquo; and argued that boys should be taught that &ldquo;we want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men.&rdquo;</p> <p> Next there was the question of timing. Earlier this year, House Republicans caused an uproar when, in one of the first acts of the new Congress, they attempted to pass an antiabortion bill that would grant exceptions to a rape victim only if she reported the assault to police. Republican women rebelled, and GOP leaders pulled the bill. In the weeks since then, Republican officeholders across the land have been demonstrating that if there isn&rsquo;t a Republican war on women, there are a lot of loose cannons. In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have described a pregnant woman as &ldquo;the child&rsquo;s host&rdquo; rather than a mother (in Virginia), called women a &ldquo;lesser cut of meat&rdquo; (South Carolina), likened Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State terror group (South Dakota), proposed legislation outlawing yoga pants (Montana) and suggested that it is not rape when a man has sex with an unconscious woman if he is in a relationship with her (Utah).</p> <p> To combat the war-on-women meme, the conservatives brought out some big guns: Their &ldquo;War No More&rdquo; backdrop was a poster of the famous photo of female World War II aviators in front of a B-17. But the conservatives lacked a consensus battle plan.</p> <p> Nance, the moderator, speculated that the Democrats&rsquo; war-on-women allegations from 2012 and 2014 will return. &ldquo;If we actually do in 2016 see the top of the Democratic ticket as Claire Underwood, I mean Hillary Clinton &mdash; I keep getting those two mixed up &mdash; I think this is going to be back,&rdquo; Nance said, referring to the fictional &ldquo;House of Cards&rdquo; first lady.</p> <p> There were a couple of problems right off the bat when would-be Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the top Republican woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sat down with conservative interest groups Monday afternoon to refute the notion that the GOP is waging a &ldquo;war on women.&rdquo;</p> <p> First, there was the name of the gathering in the Capitol complex, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/638078852985029/" title="www.facebook.com">War No More</a>,&rdquo; which implicitly acknowledged that there <em>has</em> been a war on women, as Democrats allege.</p> <p> Then there was the matter of the emcee, Penny Young Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America. On Fox News last month, she criticized the children&rsquo;s movie &ldquo;Frozen,&rdquo; of all things, for making men seem useless. She said the animated film &mdash; which features princesses and a singing snowman named Olaf &mdash; empowered women at &ldquo;the cost of tearing down men&rdquo; and argued that boys should be taught that &ldquo;we want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men.&rdquo;</p> <p> Next there was the question of timing. Earlier this year, House Republicans caused an uproar when, in one of the first acts of the new Congress, they attempted to pass an antiabortion bill that would grant exceptions to a rape victim only if she reported the assault to police. Republican women rebelled, and GOP leaders pulled the bill. In the weeks since then, Republican officeholders across the land have been demonstrating that if there isn&rsquo;t a Republican war on women, there are a lot of loose cannons. In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have described a pregnant woman as &ldquo;the child&rsquo;s host&rdquo; rather than a mother (in Virginia), called women a &ldquo;lesser cut of meat&rdquo; (South Carolina), likened Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State terror group (South Dakota), proposed legislation outlawing yoga pants (Montana) and suggested that it is not rape when a man has sex with an unconscious woman if he is in a relationship with her (Utah).</p> <p> To combat the war-on-women meme, the conservatives brought out some big guns: Their &ldquo;War No More&rdquo; backdrop was a poster of the famous photo of female World War II aviators in front of a B-17. But the conservatives lacked a consensus battle plan.</p> <p> Nance, the moderator, speculated that the Democrats&rsquo; war-on-women allegations from 2012 and 2014 will return. &ldquo;If we actually do in 2016 see the top of the Democratic ticket as Claire Underwood, I mean Hillary Clinton &mdash; I keep getting those two mixed up &mdash; I think this is going to be back,&rdquo; Nance said, referring to the fictional &ldquo;House of Cards&rdquo; first lady.</p> <p> McMorris Rodgers, whose name card spelled her name &ldquo;Rogers,&rdquo; chuckled at the Underwood-Clinton joke.</p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#ffffff;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Sabrina Schaeffer, director of the Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum, said she&rsquo;s concerned that the war-on-women charge &ldquo;still will resonate&rdquo; because &ldquo;the right simply doesn&rsquo;t take gender differences seriously enough.&rdquo;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> But pollster Kellyanne Conway argued that &ldquo;the war on women died in 2014.&rdquo; She attributed the problem to &ldquo;some over-the-top comments by a couple of Republicans running for Senate&rdquo; in 2012.</p> <p> Alas for the GOP, the gender gap preceded Senate candidate Todd Akin, and the comments have continued since then: the Idaho legislator who asked last month whether a gynecological exam on a woman could be conducted by having her swallow a camera; the New Hampshire legislator who said a Democratic congresswoman would lose because she&rsquo;s &ldquo;ugly as sin&rdquo;; another New Hampshire legislator who argued that men make more than women because &ldquo;they don&rsquo;t mind working nights and weekends&rdquo; or &ldquo;overtime or outdoors&rdquo;; the Arizona GOP official who said women on Medicaid should be sterilized; and the New Mexico congressman who endorsed this biblical view: &ldquo;The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.&rdquo;</p> <p> At the same time, Republicans have taken up hundreds of bills in state legislatures restricting abortion, and Democrats have sought to highlight Republican opposition in Congress to the Violence Against Women Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act and other bills.</p> <p> So how to disarm the war-on-women allegation? Conway suggested Republicans go beyond &ldquo;waist-down&rdquo; issues to talk to women about security and health care. And she said that women &ldquo;really enjoy humor.&rdquo; For example: her quip that she could work on a Republican presidential campaign, even though she has four kids, because &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t have a boyfriend.&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/02/26/carly-fiorina-the-only-woman-in-the-potential-gop-field-takes-aim-at-hillary-clinton-on-womens-issues/" title="www.washingtonpost.com">Fiorina</a>, by contrast, said that what women need is an end to seniority-based pay. &ldquo;Feminism means we will have arrived when every woman has the opportunity to choose her own life, whether she chooses to home-school her kids or be a CEO or anything in between,&rdquo; the former tech executive said.</p> <p> McMorris Rodgers, for her part, said the answer was &ldquo;to be reminded of the greatness that Ronald Reagan had us believe in America, each one of us, and I think that has to be our message.&rdquo;</p> <p> That probably won&rsquo;t end the war &mdash; but it beats complaining about &ldquo;Frozen.&rdquo;</p> http://iwf.org/media/2796552/Sabrina SchaefferMon, 16 Mar 2015 09:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumConcerned Women for America: The 'War on Women' Is Over<p> A group of conservative Republican women has declared that the so-called &quot;war on women&quot; is over &mdash; more than two years after a GOP candidate sparked an outrage with his &quot;legitimate rape&quot; comments.<br /> <br /> Concerned Women for America (CWA), an evangelical Christian women&#39;s group, hosted a panel discussion on Monday called &quot;War No More&quot; to make the point that the war is dead and that they are the big winners, <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/17/gop-women-declare-war-on-women-over.html"><strong>according to The Daily Beast</strong></a>.<br /> <br /> The organization, viewed as the conservative counter to the liberal National Organization for Women, is now hoping to win over female voters in the next election.</p> <p> In 2012, Democrats accused Republicans of waging a &quot;war on women&quot; after Missouri <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/akin-legitimate-rape-regrets/2013/04/26/id/501570/"><strong>Rep. Todd Akin</strong></a> said during a Senate bid that he believed pregnancy can be prevented by a woman involved in a &quot;legitimate rape&quot; because &quot;the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.&quot;<br /> <br /> The Republican, who represented Missouri&#39;s second congressional district for 12 years, was soundly defeated by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in what was seen as a winnable election.<br /> <br /> The panelists alleged that Democrats had craftily turned Akin&#39;s shocking comments and similar incendiary remarks by Indiana GOP Senate candidate <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/mourdock-romney-abortion-comments/2012/10/24/id/461303/"><strong>Richard Mourdock</strong></a> into a &quot;war on women.&quot; A fierce abortion foe, Mourdock said unintended pregnancies as a result of rape were &quot;something God intended.&quot;<br /> <br /> But one of the panelists, GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway, took aim at Democrats for diverting from real women&#39;s issues while speaking to a female audience of conservative activists and congressional staffers, the Beast reported.<br /> <br /> &quot;What do most women do every week? Do they fill up the gas tank and the grocery cart? Or do they get an abortion?&quot; said Conway. &quot;The notion that we can&#39;t think about anything other than from the waist down is congenitally flawed.&quot;</p> <p> To drive home her point that the alleged war is over, Conway noted that that Democrats had unsuccessfully doubled down on the &quot;war&quot; plan during the 2014 elections and had suffered heavy defeats.<br /> <br /> Nevertheless, Republicans are facing an uphill fight to win over female voters before the next presidential election after taking a beating in that demographic in 2012, the Beast reported.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#ffffff;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Sabrina Schaeffer, the president of the progressive group Independent Women&#39;s Forum, claimed, in fact, that liberals are way out in front of conservatives on their messaging.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&quot;The right simply doesn&#39;t take gender differences seriously enough,&quot; said Schaeffer. &quot;Thinking about and talking to women is not the same as pandering. It is not the same as playing gender differences.&quot;</span></strong></span></span><br /> <br /> In 2012, President Barack Obama had an 11-point margin over Mitt Romney among women voters, while 66 percent of unmarried women backed the Democrat. And with Hillary Clinton as the probable Democratic nominee, the figures could be even more significant, the Beast said.<br /> <br /> However, CWA President Penny Nance endeavored to warn female voters about Clinton while calling her &quot;Claire Underwood&quot; during the discussion.</p> <p> Nance was attempting to draw a comparison between the former first lady, who has had her own personal political agenda, and the ambitious first lady in the Netflix Capitol Hill drama &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p> http://iwf.org/media/2796550/Sabrina SchaefferMon, 16 Mar 2015 09:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumSaudis sign nuclear deal with S.Korea ahead of possible U.S.-Iran deal • Forbes on Foxhttp://iwf.org/media/2796534/Sabrina SchaefferSat, 14 Mar 2015 08:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumISIS launching its own social media network • Forbes on Foxhttp://iwf.org/media/2796532/Sabrina SchaefferSat, 14 Mar 2015 07:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumHas the media turned on Hillary Clinton? • The O'Reilly Factorhttp://iwf.org/media/2796529/Sabrina SchaefferFri, 13 Mar 2015 09:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumInterest rate debate/Miami theme park mall/If not Hillary, who? • After the Bellhttp://iwf.org/media/2796513/Sabrina SchaefferWed, 11 Mar 2015 14:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum