Patt Morrison for September 5, 2012

Barbara Boxer fights war on women

Patt Morrison with Barbara Boxer at DNC

Lauren Osen

KPCC's Patt Morrison poses for a photo with United States Senator Barbara Boxer in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 5th, 2012 during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

How women vote will have a huge impact on the 2012 election. Last week in Tampa, Ann Romney spearheaded a GOP push to appeal to women voters. Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered her speech, no doubt intended to be favorable to the ears of female voters. California Senator Barbara Boxer is also enlisted in the fight for the female vote for Democrats. Boxer first won her Senate seat in the Year Of The Woman in 1992, when five women were elected to the U.S. Senate. 20 years on from the Year Of The Woman, how has gender politics evolved?


Is there even such a thing as a female-friendly candidate? How has the rhetoric surrounding Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment helped define the gender voting divide in this election?


Senator Barbara Boxer, United States Senator from California

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