To close out Womenâ€™s History Month on March 31st, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative â€śthink tankâ€ť hosted the panel â€śEvaluating Feminism, Its Failures, and Its Future.â€ť
Panelists included Mollie Hemmingway, the senior editor for â€śThe Federalistâ€ť who said, â€śWe do not have a sex gap here in voting. We have a marriage gap,â€ť as well Monica Charen, a syndicated columnist who said, â€śIf we truly want women to thrive, we have to revive the marriage norm.â€ť
Nicole Wallace, former senior advisor to the McCain/Palin campaign and an MSNBC political analyst and Karen Finney, host of MSNBCâ€™s â€śDisrupt with Karen Finneyâ€ť joined Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell on his show â€śThe Last Word with Lawrence Oâ€™Donnellâ€ť to discuss some of what was said at the panel.
Wallace, a Republican woman herself, called out the ridiculousness of Hemmingwayâ€™s and Charenâ€™s statements.
According to Charen, the best way to help people isnâ€™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 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 â€śThe Last Word with Lawrence Oâ€™Donnellâ€ť below: