South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) defended her party against charges of a “war on women,” saying on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” last night that women are “doing well”:
HALEY: This is a president that is trying to create distractions. There is no war on women. Women are doing well.
One has to wonder about Haley’s definition of “well.” Women accounted for the entire drop in labor force participation during the recession, and 88 percent of jobs created since the end of the recession went to men. In Haley’s state of South Carolina, women are paid just 76 cents for every dollar a man makes, and own just 28 percent of businesses, despite making up slightly more than half of the state’s population. As with the nation as a whole, women also face higher poverty rates in the state, with 19 percent below the poverty line, compared to 15 percent of men.
“If you don’t feel this is an attack [on women], you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said after Republican lawmakers spent months (and years) aggressively attacking women’s access to contraception and right to chose.
Haley, a key Mitt Romney surrogate, has become her party’s face in responding to charges of the war on women. But she’ll likely need a better counter-narrative than woman are doing just fine, as Romney appears to be hemorrhaging female support. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll out this morning shows him trailing Obama by 19 points among women.