Palin's on the Wrong Side of Women's History: Steinem

But her rise has its benefits, Steinem says
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 9:14 AM CDT
Gloria Steinem writes, "Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters."   (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)
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(Newser) – Republicans may have thrown Sarah Palin a grand old party last night, but Americans can see through the bluster, Gloria Steinem opines in the Los Angeles Times. “This isn’t the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need,” the feminist writes.

Palin, who “shares nothing but a chromosome” with Hillary Clinton, rejects reproductive rights and stem-cell research, disbelieves global warming, and believes in "abstinence-only" programs. “I defend her right to be wrong,” Steinem adds, saying John McCain is the real culprit. "He may have chosen Palin out of change-envy, or a belief that women can't tell the difference between form and content, but the main motive was to please right-wing ideologues."