Women Against Sarah Palin Speak Out

By Julia Hoppock

Sep 11, 2008 6:12pm

ABC News’ Julia Hoppock reports: With recent polls suggesting that women are flocking to the McCain/Palin ticket, there is a growing chorus of female voices who want to put a stop to this trend, and fast. 

Two women in New York felt so strongly that Palin was the wrong choice they created a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin" and are using the site to post emails from women who write in from all over the country about why they think Palin is the wrong choice for Vice President and the wrong choice for American women.

"We felt as though McCain’s choice was this kind of way to automatically grab female voters and we found that assumption was very insulting to our intelligence as female voters in America," said Lyra Kilston, a 31 year old art magazine editor in New York who helped create the blog.

Shortly after Palin’s selection, Kilston and her co-worker Quinn Latimer, citing what they saw as ‘mounting disbelief, fury and dread’ among their female friends over the selection of Sarah Palin, sent out an email to forty of their friends soliciting reaction the Alaska Governor’s nomination for their blog.  The women also asked the recipients to forward the email to everyone they knew so that others could do the same.

Within a week they received up to 80,000 responses from women from Alaska to Florida, and now estimate they are receiving response emails at a rate of three per second.

"I don’t think either of us thought it would get this large or it would reach this many people," said Latimer.

While Kilston’s and Latimer’s blog has gained a lot of traction, polls reflect that Palin is viewed favorably by those in her peer group. A recent ABC News Washington Post poll found that 67 percent of white women viewed Palin favorably.

The two women take issue with Palin’s stance on abortion rights, (she is anti-abortion rights) her views on climate change, (Palin has said she does not believe that global warming is man made) and what they perceive as a lack of experience.

"Palin’s political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers have fiercely fought for," they wrote in their email.

While the women strongly believe that Palin is not qualified to be vice president, they also don’t want their blog to be a smear website.  They hope voters, the media, and contributors to their website focus on Sarah Palin’s record rather than her biography. Latimer thinks that the election discourse has taken an ugly turn since Palin’s selection. 

"I think it has changed the election from something that was rigorous and intellectual and demanding on the people who were following it, said Latimer.  "McCain has changed that by bringing [Palin] on board.  Suddenly its ‘Us Weekly. Suddenly its ‘People Magazine’ as opposed to a serious election on serious issues."

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