In regard to Linda Turley-Hansen’s guest column, April 15, I am disappointed that Ms. Turley-Hansen chose to “pile on” without the “professional mode of assessing both candidates” or, in this case, a fair assessment of what Hilary Rosen said after she proclaimed that Romney’s wife “has actually never worked a day in her life,” which was, “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future.” Rosen’s ideas are true.
Additionally, Linda said, “Some of the most powerful parts of a woman’s world are her girlfriends …” Note, she did not say that a woman’s most powerful part is her mind. Linda said that, “when we allow ourselves to be controlled by the political edge, we produce poison.” Yet, some of the most influential women in American history have used the “political edge” to promote and encourage better living and working conditions for women in this great country. I could provide a very long list of women who have served in this way beginning with The Factory Girls Association, and Mary Lyon, founder of the first women’s college in 1837, as well as Sarah Bagley who established the Female Labor Reform Association in 1845. The list is long and there is not enough room here to expand. Nonetheless, Linda, your version of women’s strengths is wholly inadequate.