One of the most important voting blocks during each election is the women vote. While many understand the importance of women's rights and the female vote, Rush Limbaugh doesn't seem to "get it."
As the five year anniversary of the 2008 economic collapse is acknowledged, the economy is moving forward, but not at the pace many are comfortable with. The unemployment rate that was over 10 percent at one point, is now down to 7.3 percent. After losing over 750,000 jobs a month during the end of the Bush administration, the economy is now showing gains of 150,000 jobs per month, continuing a streak of over 40 straight months of private sector job growth.
Not all is sunshine and rainbows, however, because many of the new jobs that are created are low paying jobs, many of which are part time. Adding on the Republican lawmakers in many states having an unhealthy obsession with "austerity" by cutting spending, thousands of public sector workers have been given a pink slip, adding to the unemployment line.
One group that is struggling to find higher paying jobs are women. Despite reports indicating that women are actually gaining jobs faster than men, conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh took to the microphone to attack women, asking them if their "free birth control" and "free abortions" were worth low paying jobs.
"About two million married women have dropped out of the workforce since 2008. Do you know the percentage of married women and how they voted, Obama vs Romney? Let me tell you because I happen to have them at the tips of my nicotine stained, formerly I should say, nicotine stained fingers and that is Romney got the votes of married women by a 7 percent margin over Obama. And, two million married women dropped out of the workforce since 2008. That again is the Obama economy. Married women drop out, the majority of them by 7 percent voted for Obama.
Now all week folks, I talked about African Americans and how they all should, in my mind, they should be livid at the Democratic party and the polices that have resulted in circumstances, and it is polices folks, because 90 percent of the black vote goes to the Democratic party they are totally governed by Democratic party policy. They have thrown their lot in, and we discussed yesterday they have decided as a group that they are going to seek prosperity through politics rather than through the economy. And by that, they are seeking prosperity by investing in the Democratic party to bring it to them and women are doing the same thing.
Women have decided to invest their chances in economic prosperity in Democratic party politics instead of working in the private sector and being 'A' political. All of these groups "throwing in" with the Democrats are at the lower level of income level and highest level of poverty. Their median income are the lowest, we went through all of these numbers yesterday,
So ladies, I need to ask you a question. I'm serious. Given the story, let me give you this number again. Sixty percent of the increase of employment for women, 2009 to 2012, are jobs that pay less than $10 an hour. So ladies, and I ask this question, I don't mean to sound domineering, cause I'm not....
Has it been worth it? To get all your free birth control? And your free abortions? While you’re waiting tables?"
To challenge Limbaugh's point, ABC News and the Associated Press points out that women are regaining jobs faster than men. It is true that many of the jobs are low paying, such as retail, education, restaurants and hotels, but these job gains are the areas that are hiring the fastest and they are hiring women, not men.
"The slowly recovering U.S. job market has helped women rebound faster than men: They've now regained all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. Men are still 2.1 million jobs short.
Economists have long known that the recession hit men the hardest. "A man-cession," some have called it. Or a "she-covery."
The August jobs report issued last week spotlighted the divergence:
The unemployment rate for women was 6.8 percent — nearly a full percentage point less than the 7.7 percent rate for men."
In an economy that is still rebounding, jobs have been hard to come by across the board. According to recent data from CNN, for every job opening there are three Americans looking for work. This number is an improvement from the ratio of one job opening for every 4.6 unemployed workers in 2011. For Rush Limbaugh or other conservative commentators to ridicule women for the jobs they possess is both insensitive and ignorant.