Kerry Washington Pens Op-Ed on Why She Supports Obama

The actress explains the ways the president has pushed women's rights forward.

Posted: 10/23/2012 10:58 AM EDT
Kerry Washington

On the day that President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney were to face off for their third and final debate, Kerry Washington published an op-ed on the campaign for the Daily Beast. The Scandal actress explained why Obama has her vote and what he's done for women's rights during his first term in office.

"President Obama knows the importance of women's rights and women's health. He was raised by a single mom, and he has been surrounded by smart, strong women ever since — he's married to one and he's a father of two. So for our president, women's issues aren't just political, they're personal for him as well," Washington wrote.

"When President Obama made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the very first bill he signed — he did so because he believes the hard work of our daughters is just as important as the work of our sons. He fought for Obamacare so women can access quality, affordable health care. He put two more women on the Supreme Court because he believes women should have an equal voice in the decisions being made at the highest levels of our democracy. And he knows we still have work to do."

She also gave ways in which Romney did not put women's interests first and worries about what a Romney administration would mean for women's health and rights.

"There are a lot of answers Mitt Romney still hasn't given women. Why won't he stand up for equal pay? Why won't he support renewing the Violence Against Women Act? And while I am surprised that Romney won't commit to those things, I'm even more concerned about what he will commit to," she continued.

Washington has been very vocal about supporting Obama and even spoke at the Democratic National Convention in September. To read the full piece, visit thedailybeast.com.


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