So don’t get me wrong — I’m still pissed off at Edwards. At this point, I also honestly don’t know who I’m going to vote for in the primaries, because all the Dems either suck or are pissing me off or both. But all the same, I thought that this was pretty fucking cool:
Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards told high school students Tuesday that the United States has a moral and legal obligation to treat women as equals to men.
During a brief appearance at Merrimack High School, several members of a women’s studies class asked the former North Carolina senator to identify and propose solutions to the most prominent issues surrounding women’s rights.
Edwards said the issues he has focused on, such as ending poverty and creating universal health care coverage, are women’s issues because they affect more women than men.
“I want to be the president who is the most aggressive about enforcing our laws against discrimination against women,” he said. “It’s about time we actually treat women equally in the United States of America as a moral matter and matter of equality under the law.”
This almost makes me forgive him. Well, a little bit. At the very least it reminds me of why I had enough hope in him to get pissed off in the first place.
And the best thing is, I can’t decide which is cooler: the fact that a male presidential candidate is taking the time to talk to high school students (with their impressionable minds and all) about women’s issues as though they are of extreme importance and women’s rights as though they have not yet been achieved, or the fact that there’s a high school out there with a women’s studies class. Either way, it’s a win.