There Is a War on Women, But Not From Republicans

Attacks on Republican women are apparently fair game

People hold signs during a demonstration to protest violence against women on International Women's Day in Hollywood, California, on March 9, 2013.

Yes, there's a War on Women, but it's not being waged by Republicans.

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It seems you can't visit a news site these days without seeing some kind of headline about the GOP's "War on Women." Whether it's comments by Mike Huckabee or the NRSC apparently not promoting women as campaign managers (a charge that was denied by their, um, spokeswoman), it's a favorite subject to report on.

Meanwhile, Politico's magazine is running an opinion piece proclaiming Democrat Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis "The Most Judged Woman in America." According to Liza Mundy, the U.S. isn't ready for a single mom (a fact you might mention to the many single mothers in Congress). Davis is under attack for inaccuracies in her biography. The article wasn't surprising though – it's not uncommon for the media to write pieces defending women under political attack. Right? Remember all those pieces defending Sarah Palin? Oh wait. Me neither.

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It seems that it's perfectly acceptable to attack candidates like Palin, Sharron Angle, Michele Bachmann – call them crazy, stupid, you name it – those are just facts, right? When it's Wendy Davis or Elizabeth Warren, it's politics at its worst – it's the GOP demonizing women once again. A story questioning the authenticity of Sarah Palin's pregnancy is fair game; she made a choice to run for office. But, when Wendy Davis is questioned about whether the dates of her marriage that she publicly disclosed are accurate, it's an attack on single women trying to move up in the world.

This isn't a defense or attack on any of those candidates – Democrats or Republicans. But when National Journal writes that there is a lack of women moving up in GOP leadership – they blame the party. At what point though, do we question the media's double standard against women? What woman in her right mind would want to run the media gauntlet that they'd face running for office as a Republican?

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I grew up in a family of four girls. There were no limits placed on us as kids; we were never told what we could or couldn't be. In fact, I vividly remember my grandfather telling me that I should become the first woman president.

As a single mom to two girls, I find it interesting that I never tell my daughters that they should run for president. Not to say that they'll adopt my political persuasion – but if they did – would I want them to run for office? I don't think so. And it's not because I fear the GOP.

Who wants to watch their daughter be subjected to the press? Not this Republican woman.