Bernie uses Twitter as an outlet to the issue of women’s rights that he has been heavily advocating for in his campaign. His campaign website states that “if elected president, he would increase funding for Planned Parenthood. He’s vowed to only nominate Supreme Court justices who uphold Roe v. Wade, and plans to expand women’s health programs, and access to safe and legal abortions.” “Orange the world” is an initiative to end gender-based violence against women. It is an international campaign consisting of 16 days of activism that takes place each year and runs from November 25 to December 10. In drawing attention to this cause, Bernie demonstrates his compassion and dedication to the subject.
Women’s rights and family issues are often grouped together in Sanders’ campaign. In this address to Tucson, Sanders criticizes the so-called family values discussed by Republicans as a mere means to disturb women’s rights both reproductively and financially. He also appeals to gay rights in a similar juxtaposition to the Republican campaigns. On his campaign website, it is noted that, of 178 countries worldwide, the United States is one of three that does not provide new mothers with paid leave: “He argues for a Scandinavia-like model, where family leave is part of a robust system of social safety nets. As president, he would provide workers with up 12 weeks of family and medical leave, funded with a small payroll contribution — so that parents can bond with their newborns, and family members care for sick relatives.” He has proposed several other initiatives to support family and women’s rights, such as freeing millions of women from the struggle to secure childcare by making high-quality services and pre-K available to all Americans, regardless of income. He would sign the Paycheck Fairness Act to end wage discrimination based on gender. These approaches that Sanders discusses proves that he is not simply bringing up these issues to win support; he genuinely desires to bring about change.
This article is important because Bernie is often in the shadow of Hillary’s experience and popularity, so when looking at statistics about female donors, the first thing to consider is the amount of money from women donors. In such cases Hillary naturally prevails; however, when considering the actual number of donors and not the amount that they donate, Bernie actually exceeds Hillary. It is significant that he has more women donors because this can attest to the fact that although Hillary’s donors may have more money to donate than Bernie’s, a greater number support Bernie’s campaign. When it comes to elections and voting, this is significant.