Economy: Obama's Economic War on Women

Published by: on Thursday April 12th, 2012

On Friday Obama held a ‘White House Forum on Women and the Economy’ in which he lauded policies that he has put into place that he believes have helped women economically. Unfortunately he neglected to share the facts about his policies that have actually hurt women under his Presidency. Obama’s policies are more of an economic ‘War on Women’ than a benefit to women. In his speech he talked little about the facts in general without speaking at all about the conditions his economic policies have created for women.

Some facts as presented by the RNC from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Since Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.0 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • Since The Stimulus Was Passed, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.3 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of Female Employees Has Declined By 683,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of Women Unemployed Has Increased From 5,005,000 To 5,863,000.(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • In March, The Number Of Women Employed Fell By 82,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • The Female Labor Force Participation Rate Fell In March From 57.9 Percent To 57.7 Percent.(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • The Number Of Women Not In The Labor Force In March Increased From 52.8 Million To 53.1 Million.(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • "The Poverty Rate Among Women Rose To 14.5 Percent Last Year, Up From 13.9 Percent In 2009-The Highest Rate In 17 Years."(Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)
  • The Extreme Poverty Rate - Income Below Half Of Federal Poverty Line - Is The Highest Ever Recorded Among Women."The 'extreme poverty rate' among women was the highest ever recorded, climbing to 6.3 percent in 2010 from 5.9 percent in 2009. 'Extreme poverty' means that your income is below half of the federal poverty line-and by 2010, more than 7.5 million women had fallen into that dire category." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)
  • In 2010, 17 Million Women Lived In Poverty, Compared To 12.6 Million Men."What all those statistics add up to is that more than 17 million women were living in poverty last year, compared with 12.6 million men. As usual, things were worse for older women; twice as many women over 65 were living in poverty, compared with men." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast , 9/14/11)
  • The Poverty Rate Is 25.6 Percent For Black Women And 25 Percent For Hispanic Women."And those numbers just represented the population-wide average. For Hispanic and black women, the poverty rate increased even faster and rose higher-to 25 percent for Hispanic women and to 25.6 percent for black women." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)
  • More Than 40 Percent Of Single Mothers Live In Poverty."As usual, single mothers are having the hardest time of all. More than 40 percent of women who head families are now living in poverty. With more than half of poor children living in female-headed families in 2010, the child poverty rate jumped to 22 percent." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

Obviously the Obama Administration doesn’t want these facts to be spread to the general public. His record is deplorable when it comes to women and the economy despite what he leads women to believe. Obama’s record on the economy in general has been deplorable as seen through consistently high levels of unemployment. Bush can no longer be blamed for the mess that Obama has now created through his own failed economic policies. Yet he will continue to push his failures despite the numbers that do not back him up. Statistics can be a tricky factual thing. Obama can’t hide from them yet his supporters seem to ignore them. If the general public knew the facts, they’d realize that Obama isn’t trying to help women, he’s waging an economic ‘War on Women’.