To close out Womenâs History Month on March 31st, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative âthink tankâ hosted the panel âEvaluating Feminism, Its Failures, and Its Future.â
Panelists included Mollie Hemmingway, the senior editor for âThe Federalistâ who said, âWe do not have a sex gap here in voting. We have a marriage gap,â as well Monica Charen, a syndicated columnist who said, âIf we truly want women to thrive, we have to revive the marriage norm.â
Nicole Wallace, former senior advisor to the McCain/Palin campaign and an MSNBC political analyst and Karen Finney, host of MSNBCâs âDisrupt with Karen Finneyâ joined Lawrence OâDonnell on his show âThe Last Word with Lawrence OâDonnellâ to discuss some of what was said at the panel.
Wallace, a Republican woman herself, called out the ridiculousness of Hemmingwayâs and Charenâs statements.
According to Charen, the best way to help people isnât 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 â ya know, getting married â Charen also blamed feminism for date rape. Yes, you read that right.
Finney responded by saying:
Watch the full segment of âThe Last Word with Lawrence OâDonnellâ below: