President Obama’s reelection campaign has enlisted feminist icon Gloria Steinem to help make a pitch to female voters. An online video starring Steinem was posted to the campaign website and to YouTube on Sunday—Steinem’s 78th birthday, the campaign website notes.
“This presidential election is a turning point. We will lose what we have gained if any Republican candidate were to win,” Steinem tells viewers.
Steinem notes the president's support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, as well as provisions in the 2010 health care law that prevent insurance companies from "gender rating," or charging women higher rates just because they’re female. She also weighs in on the debates over abortion and contraception coverage.
“Whether or not women can determine when and whether to have children is the single biggest element in whether we’re healthy or not, whether we’re educated or not, how long our life expectancy is, whether we can be active in the world or not,” Steinem says.
The video was posted to the "Women for Obama" channel of the campaign website. March is Women’s History Month.