Donna Weisner Keene is a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, and served in the Reagan Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor. She wrote an article in Human Events from which I draw a few excerpts that cast a light on NOW, an outgrowth of 1970's women's lib movement.
"NOW, (the National Organization for Women) and other womens' libbers endorsed Obama in a press conference at the National Press Club, using Obama's oft-repeated and untrue claim that 'women earn 77% of what men earn.'
"So many women have learned their world view in university womens' studies that barely veiled euphemisms for socialism and Marxism on our college campuses have had an effect.
"Like the actually productive Amway, the libbers have been holding meetings in homes across America feeding women a utopia where businesses have unlimited money to provide unlimited benefits to their workers, and government is the all-encompassing parent to anyone for anything and everything. I am amazed that women buy it.
"In 1970 women were supposed to earn 74% of what men earned. Obama says 77%. Does that figure amaze you? It should -- it is a boldfaced lie. Women have earned 98% of what men earn in a similar job with similar education and experience since before 1885 when I cranked the numbers in the Reagan Administration.
She goes on: "Part of the problem is the Republican administration's refusal to take control of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which has resulted in undue credibility for an agency where bureaucrats and statisticians run as they will. Their definition of full time work is 35 hours per week, and not all 52 weeks a year. Since men work 40+ hours and 52 weeks a year, voilla, women make less than men do.
"In fact, workers who average 44 or more hours per week earn an average of 100% more than workers who average only 40 hours per week. Men in full-time jobs tend to work 4 to 10 hours more per week than women in full-time jobs."
Mrs. Keene goes on to say that to the libbers, Sarah Palin in not playing by the rules set forth in "the Mommy Manifesto," not complaining that someone needs to do more for her because she birthed children. Instead the libbers complain that the governor cannot be a very good mother, not a real mother, unless she plays by their rules.