Tick tock, tick tock.
By MARY SANCHEZ
The Kansas City Star
Is that Todd Akins biological clock?
One day out from the deadline to drop his name from the ballot, the U.S. Senate candidate continues to push the fantasy that he is a friend to female voters.
This is despite new (and old) evidence proving the contrary.
Last week Women Standing with Todd Akin were introduced. Its a campaign pitch to reconfigure Akin in his bid against Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Recall, Akin ignored basic biology by asserting that women have a magical power to halt pregnancies conceived by rape.
Now Akin has trotted out Phyllis Schlafly. Shes a curious contradiction. The 88-year-old is a staunch opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, claiming it would take away Christian chivalry that women need for protection. Yet she worked nights to put herself through college, eventually earning a law degree and a masters degree.
In 2010, Schlafly crudely asserted that unmarried women supported President Barack Obama, because when you kick your husband out, youve got to have big brother government to be your provider.
Schlafly and Akins other female supporters deride the idea of a war on women within the GOP, claiming instead that pornography, abortion and sex trafficking are the real risks.
All are concerns, but this seems to suggest that womens issues must be framed with some connection to sex acts.
Pressing concerns for women usually involve their childrens education, the safety of their communities and fairness in their workplaces and wages. On the latter, Akin represents one of the worst congressional districts in the nation.
The National Partnership for Women and Families released its findings last week, crunching U.S. Census data to determine gender gaps in pay by congressional district.
Akins Second District had the highest gap in Missouri. The median pay for women there is just 68 percent of mens median pay, working out to $19,726 in lost wages per year.
Yet Akin opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act. He thinks its government overreach.
The act calls for employers to prove pay disparities are due to legitimate, job-related reasons. It would make it easier to file class-action suits against systemic pay discrimination and protect workers from retaliation if they discuss wages with colleagues.
Akin calls those protections unnecessary, claiming the marketplace gets rid of discrimination.
McCaskill fully supports the Fair Pay Act, and women.
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