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Women and the Election

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Women and the Election We've been hearing a lot about the importance of the so-called "women's vote" in the Presidential election. There is currently a 20 percentage point gender gap between President Obama and Mitt Romney, with women favoring Obama. But how monolithic can the female vote really be? And how does this gender gap impact the candidates' campaigns? We've also heard claims of a Republican 'war on women' with threats to reproductive rights. Is that true or just political hype - and if there is such a thing, is it exclusive to one party? We'll investigate that, find out what issues are important to female voters; examine historical voting patterns - why women vote differently than men (they tend to skew Democratic) and more. [Photo by Flickr/Jessica Whittle Photography] Guests Mary C. Curtis - Journalist who contributes to many publications including The Washington Post 'She the People' blog, Fox News Rising Charlotte, NPR, TheRoot.com and Creative Loafing. Dr. Susan Roberts - Associate Professor of Political Science at Davidson College Debbie Walsh - Director, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Add and read comments