To close out Women’s History Month on March 31st, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative “think tank” hosted the panel “Evaluating Feminism, Its Failures, and Its Future.”
Panelists included Mollie Hemmingway, the senior editor for “The Federalist” who said, “We do not have a sex gap here in voting. We have a marriage gap,” as well Monica Charen, a syndicated columnist who said, “If we truly want women to thrive, we have to revive the marriage norm.”
Nicole Wallace, former senior advisor to the McCain/Palin campaign and an MSNBC political analyst and Karen Finney, host of MSNBC’s “Disrupt with Karen Finney” joined Lawrence O’Donnell on his show “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to discuss some of what was said at the panel.
Wallace, a Republican woman herself, called out the ridiculousness of Hemmingway’s and Charen’s statements.
According to Charen, the best way to help people isn’t to provide them with safety nets and supports like free or affordable child care, paid parental leave, and access to food programs like SNAP. No, of course not. She says:
In addition to feminism causing the downfall of women by keeping them from their true purpose in life – ya know, getting married – Charen also blamed feminism for date rape. Yes, you read that right.
Finney responded by saying:
Watch the full segment of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” below: