Diane H., 65, Boulder, CO
–Linda S., 68, Morristown, NJ
As a wife, mother, grandmother and educator, I was appalled at John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin for VP. Did he really think that the women of America were not smart enough to see through this ploy to attract women voters? What an insult! Gov Palin stands for everything that I am against. Not only do I want real change in America but I want it for my daughter and granddaughter along with the males in my life.
–Margaret E., 58, New Berlin, WI
The Republican nomination of Sarah Palin is a transparent, cynical and unpatriotic attempt to pander to what is worst in all of us. Women in America are better than this. We care about the future of this country and the future of our daughters, and because we do, the Republican ticket will be defeated this fall.
-Laura H., 46, Tyler Hill, PA
We have moved far beyond the point where the selection of anyone in a skirt is a step forward. To select Sarah Palin as bait to those who supported the thoughtful, accomplished, intelligent Hillary Rodham Clinton is a cynical move very insulting to the citizens of this country.
-Sarah S., San Diego, CA
As Sarah Palin has been unquestioningly welcomed in the mind of hard-core Republicans as the offensive "pittbull in lipstick," while the delegates in the audience of the Republican National Convention sport buttons that refer to her as "the hot chick" and laud her ability to play basketball, I as a woman, both a wife and mother, feel disgraced. The disgrace is found in the way the McCain campaign is abusing and exploiting feminism, the way Palin is feeding into the "macho" overdrive that has bound our nation for centuries, particularly in the last eight years. Does John McCain really think that women are weak and naive enough to blindly follow his running mate simply because she too is a woman? Or can he possibly see that we possess strong minds, hearts, experiences and values that are capable of supporting real change?
-Chris H., 31, Lancaster, PA
First, I'm a Democrat and was a Hillary Clinton supporter. Now backing Obama. I did not support Hillary simply because she's a woman. The choice of Palin is insulting to me. The only thing we have in common is that we both breathe. We OWE something to generations yet born. Where's the economy in all this?
-Ferne H., 63, Dunedin, FL