Updates from the Swing States

October 31, 2008 Posted by Linda Basch


We all live incredibly busy lives.  Often, we have time only to hear the soundbites or scan the headlines. Yet, with so much at stake, it’s important that we all know more.  We’re not hearing enough about the real deal—what’s really going on in the lives of women and girls, and what’s really on our minds as we prepare to enter the polling booths next week.


With the election only a few days away, this week we asked members of our network housed in swing states to weigh in on the key issues facing women, in particular, in their region as they get ready to vote.  We asked them to tell us the most critical policy issues currently at stake.  And we’ve asked them to share any special fears about voting fraud, what’s being done to address it, and whether there are any initiatives underway that others in our national network might support.


This afternoon, I bring you responses from Lisa McClain, Director of Gender Studies at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho and Susan W. Kaufmann from Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan.  Coming next: the views from Ohio and Colorado.  As always, we welcome your thoughts, too!



The View from Idaho by Lisa McClain

The View from Michigan by Susan W. Kaufmann

The View from Ohio by Julie Graber

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