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Vote for fairness

August 4, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Editor:

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's defense of the Republican Party and denial that it is waging a "war on women" is contradicted by her own votes against the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. How can you deny that there is no war on women and then vote against something that would make things more fair for woman? This makes no sense to me.

Why on earth would Capito vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Act when it does so much for those women who experience workplace pay discrimination? Do women not deserve fairness? Do woman not deserve the same pay? I do not understand why Ms. Capito would not understand this seeing that she is a woman.

Is it possible that she is following her party? Is it possible that she has that at heart and not the people she represents? Those questions need to be answered by the reader. We deserve people in D.C. who stand up for the rights of woman, as well as men, in their districts. Howard Swint would do that. Capito has a record of voting with her party and not her state.

Democratic opponent Howard Swint said, "It's another case of Rep. Capito saying she's working for constituents and then voting with her party against the best interests of West Virginia women. Her votes are in direct contradiction to her statement that she and the Republican Party want women to have the same opportunities as everyone else."

The Lilly Ledbetter Act is arguably the most important anti-discrimination workplace legislation in a generation, because it makes it easier for women to file unequal pay-based lawsuits under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Woman deserve equal pay. They deserve to not worry about whether they will be treated in a fair manner. Woman deserve to be treated equally and not treated as lower class people because of their sex.

Right now, women in the U.S. make about 77.8 cents to the dollar earned by men. I think that Capito ought to act in accordance with the principles evidenced by her vote on the Fair Pay Act and return to the Treasury 22.2 percent of her congressional salary earned to date to reflect her willingness to accept less pay because she is a woman. Am I the only one who sees the issue with this?

And women ought to vote for female-friendly candidates like Howard Swint for Congress in the West Virginia Congressional District. I truly think that he has the best intentions of the people in his district. He wishes to stand up for and fight for this district on all fronts. He will fight for woman and fairness. I urge Randolph County voters to vote Howard Swint who will stand up for us.

Stephanie Armstrong-Shank

Elkins

 
 

 

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