Romney's Right on the Recovery's Impact on Women, Wrong on the Causes
By Bryce Covert, Next New Deal Editor
Mark your history books: this week I actually agreed with Mitt Romney on something. Sort of. In his effort to woo women voters – who are turning away from him in droves – the very day Rick Santorum dropped out Romney tried to wrest the conversation away from supposedly purely “social” issues like contraception and back to economic ones. In proclaiming that “the real war on women has been waged by the Obama administration’s failure on the economy,” the campaign has been pointing out that the recovery period has been much harder on women than men. And I agree!
But there are of course some problems with this. The first is that his math is a bit off. The campaign is throwing around the figure that women have lost 92.3 percent of the jobs since 2009. Many have pointed out that while that number is technically correct, it misreads the situation.