This week Sarah Jessica Parker appeared on Access Hollywood to share her view on why the incumbent president is the only choice for those concerned with women’s issues.
“I'm simply concerned about equality and women's rights in terms of their physical autonomy and access to important things like mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer - all the things that are necessary and important to live full rich lives,” Parker said.
Parker added that although having Mitt Romney in the White House would benefit her and the affluent population, she is still behind Obama.
"I would benefit from the things that are most important to Romney,” said Parker. “This is not about the affluent and the privileged. I am concerned about people in this country who've been trying to carve out a middle class existence... I'm talking about our veterans, I'm talking about our senior citizens, and I'm talking about children who are living below the poverty line.”
Even though Romney’s policies will presumably benefit wealthy Americans, numerous high-profile -- and high earning -- women have participated in Women for Obama ad campaigns and events.
Earlier this month, Beyoncé, Julianne Moore, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lopez, Ashley Judd, and various other female celebs participated in Obama’s Women’s Voices PSA.
“It’s not just about supporting the President because I want to see him reelected,” Beyoncé said in the ad. “I’m standing up for the future of my daughter - the future I want her to see.”In June, Parker held a fundraiser from the President at her NYC apartment and this week the former “Sex and the City” star visited her home state of Ohio and, according to Entertainment Tonight, spoke about what Obama has done and will do for women in America.
“The things that I feel are most important to women and to children, the things that have made an enormous difference these past four years, and the possibility for even more important, vital and necessary change, is going to come from the Obama administration,” Parker said.
Eva Longoria hosted back-to-back events for Obama’s Women’s Summit in Florida this past August. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the actress participated in a discussion about what’s at stake for women in the 2012 election.
In July, Alicia Keys visited Philadelphia on behalf of Women for Obama and this month Natalie Portman visited Ohio, as she did during Obama’s 2008 campaign, to drum up support for the president in the swing state.
“Sometimes the candidates are the same and sometimes they’ve got really different points of view, and in this case you’ve got President Obama, who’s been really, really fighting for women’s rights,” Portman said during the event.
Beyoncé, who has been vocal about her staunch support for Obama, threw a $40,000-a-ticket fundraiser for the President in September. The event, co-hosted by Jay-Z, brought in a reported $4 million for Obama’s campaign.
Women in the public eye have also been spotted wearing pro-Obama attire.
On Tuesday, Katy Perry performed at a Las Vegas rally for the president wearing a dress with the image of a ballot (that had Obama’s name checked off) on the front. Parker has been snapped wearing a stylish Viva Obama t-shirt while Beyoncé recently sported Obama earrings. Sharon Stone has also been rocking Obama garb. The actress has been seen carrying a bag with the famous “Hope” poster printed on it.
It’s no surprise that these women are stumping for Obama’s reelection. His handling of women’s issues has made him a popular candidate with female voters – issues that appear to trump any tax benefits that a Romney administration might afford the wealthy (not that any of these women would likely suffer any serious hit to their lifestyle with higher income taxes.)
According to an election study conducted by the New York Times, “If only women voted, President Obama would be on track for a landslide re-election.”
“I didn’t run for President so that the dreams of our daughters could be deferred or denied,” Obama said in a 2008 statement. “I didn’t run for President to see inequality and injustice persist in our time. I ran for President to put the same rights, the same opportunities, and the same dreams within the reach for our daughters and our sons alike. I ran for President to put the American Dream within the reach of all of our people, no matter what their gender, or race, or faith, or station.”
The first bill the president signed following his inauguration was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which aims to lessen the gap between the wages men earn and the lesser salary women are paid. Obama has also mandated that private health insurance providers cover the cost of birth control. According to ABC News, women with private health insurance are also granted a yearly doctors visit, prenatal diabetes tests, breast pumps, HIV tests, and counseling in the case of domestic violence and counseling following the contraction sexually transmitted diseases.
According to White House transcripts, during an August fundraiser hosted by the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum and Women for Obama, the president spoke about the damaging effects Romney, who has said he will restrict abortion rights and “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, could have on women’s issues if elected.
“When you say we should ‘get rid of Planned Parenthood,’” Obama said of Romney, “you’re not just talking about restricting a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions, you’re talking about denying the preventive care like cancer screenings that millions of women rely on.”
Prior to Election Day on November 6, voters can participate in early voting. During a recent trip to Chicago, Obama encouraged this practice, which benefited him in 2008. According to the New York Times, early voting aims to assist those with inflexible work schedules or unreliable transportation.