Oh my Lesley Gore, this song was on constant play my sixteenth year as I soaked up the courage to walk my own path. Love this song. Love your voice. Love you! Now hundreds of American women of varying ages, color, state of dress and lip-syncing abilities are miming along to "You don't own me" to encourage all women out there to go and vote.
And not just vote, but make sure that vote isn't for Romney. With the recent GOP rape advisory chart on DailyKOS and the "binders of women" comment, Romney will have to step up his game. Perhaps he can get John Madara and David White to write another magical tune that women all over the world sing along to. Now that CNN killed the story about women's hormones affecting their votes we can admit that it's music that totally rules our world. Hormones. Pfft. You guys know nothing.
Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women. It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress. Women earn only 70 cents to each dollar men make. Women of color and undocumented women make less than white citizens. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are determined to overturn Roe V. Wade. Romney has not supported equal pay for women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney doesn't want health care to cover birth control. Romney says same sex marriage should be banned with a Constitutional Amendment.
Women, let's rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights. A vote for Obama is a vote for our families. It is a vote to marry who you choose. It's a vote to start a family when you choose. A vote for Obama says that we won't stand for violence against women and that rape is rape. Our vote ensures that our daughters will grow up with the same rights that we've had. A vote for Obama sends a message: This war on women must end. We will not go backwards.