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3What Women Want

Beyond Choice: Redefining “Women’s Issues”

Not long ago, Lisa W. attended a fundraiser in New York City’s Upper East Side for an aspiring candidate for president of the United States. At one point in the evening, she seized the opportunity to ask the candidate what issues he thought were important to her. He smiled and spent the next 15 minutes outlining his position on abortion.

The candidate gave the rap he thought he was supposed to give. He laid it on pink. Unfortunately, his answer was out of step with the time—but it wasn’t entirely his fault. For years, choice has been front and center on the women’s movement’s agenda and its most politically influential organizations. This has been mutually reinforced by conservative ...

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