Dear Ms. Schlafly,

I’m a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing ever just because we’re different. Really though, I think since you want to be all up in the public eye, it would really do you a lot of good to understand things from the perspective of one of the young women who will be taking over this country soon.

I’ve been thinking about how I can explain what feminism means to my generation in a way you might not have thought of before. I wanted to try to work from something we have in common, and it’s been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra.

I was reading recently about a company called Yellowberry that was started by a young woman because she took her younger sister bra shopping and her sister didn’t like any of the choices. None of the bras fit her, and she felt the selections were too sexual. So she started a line of bras so that girls would have more options. As for myself, I shop at Victoria’s Secret. It’s not because I want to be sexy or have any grand delusions of looking like one of their models. I shop there because they have different styles of bras so I can find something I think is pretty that fits me. I don’t know where you shop for your bras, but I bet you have a favorite one. I bet you have that one bra that’s comfortable and goes with just about everything. I bet the last thing you were thinking about when you bought that bra was what a man would think about it.

Well, making choices in our lives as young women is kind of like finding that favorite bra. Not all of us are going to fit into the same kind and not all of us are going to find the same style attractive. We all deserve to have as many choices as possible, and as women, we shouldn’t be judging the choices made by other women. Choosing a bra is a very personal choice and is none of anyone else’s business. We should be, as women, looking for ways we can expand the choices both for ourselves and other women, just as Megan Grassell did when she started Yellowberry. Equality doesn’t mean women will all make the same choice. It means women will be treated the same no matter what choices they make.

This brings us to the idea you have that women shouldn’t have equal pay because it will make it more difficult for them to find husbands. What you’re doing is attempting to limit my choices, and I don’t appreciate that. Let’s get one thing straight here. When I’m thinking about what kind of career I want to have, it’s a lot like shopping for a bra. I want to find something that fits me and appeals to me, and I’m not thinking about pleasing a man. Anyone who wants to be my partner in life is going to have to truly respect me, appreciate me for who I am, and honor the choices I make.

What you’re doing, Ms. Schlafly, is contributing to something very disturbing I see happening with some of the teenage girls I know. At a time in their lives when they should be free, independent, and exploring and preparing for the possibilities they have in the future, many of them are worried about getting or keeping a boyfriend. There are young women my age who are extremely smart but they hide it because they get messages from women like you that if they are too smart or successful, boys won’t like them. They get messages from women like you that pleasing a man should be their number one goal. You’re contributing to making young women uncomfortable when they go bra shopping because they’ve learned to analyze every choice based on what other people will think instead of having the freedom and confidence to choose what’s best for them.

I’m going to continue the work my mother and my grandmothers started, the work you have fought so hard against. I’m going to work to help get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified in my lifetime. Once this is done, it’s going to take some time to undo a lot of the damage women like you have caused. It’s going to take time for society to evolve once women finally have the equality we deserve. But I believe that my daughters will look at history and see women like you the same way I see women who tried to prevent us from getting the right to vote. I believe that bra shopping is going to be a lot easier for my daughters than it is for girls today.
Sincerely,

Madison Kimrey

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#ReduceReuseRepublican (Happy Earth Day!)

The only type of pro-environment policies Republicans are interested in is recycling their own candidates. Here are just 5 of the re-run GOP candidates that we’d like to see in the compost pile in November.

Scott Brown, MA-SEN

Scott Brown, MA-SEN

Scott lost to Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts Senate race in 2012 - and now he’s back to run for Senate against Jeanne Shaheen…in New Hampshire.

#ReduceReuseRepublican

Frank Guinta, NH-01

Frank Guinta, NH-01

Frank lost to Carol Shea-Porter in 2012. Aaaaaand he’s looking to do it again this year.

#ReduceReuseRepublican

Steve Lonegan, NJ-03

Steve Lonegan, NJ-03

Steve ran for Senate in 2013 and was definitely not the winner of that race. So now he has set his sights on the House seat in New Jersey’s 3rd district. Good thing we have Aimee Belgard.

#ReduceReuseRepublican

Bobby Schilling, IL-17

Bobby Schilling, IL-17

Bobby ran against Cheri Bustos in 2012 and lost. And he’s looking to repeat again this year.

#ReduceReuseRepublican

Wendy Rogers, AZ-09

Wendy Rogers, AZ-09

Wendy didn’t even make it out of the Republican primary when she ran for Congress in Arizona’s 9th district in 2012. But she’s back anyway. We’ll place our bets on Kyrsten Sinema.

#ReduceReuseRepublican

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It’s simply wrong to have a governor who’s refusing to use this tool to help make sure Pennsylvanians get the health care they need
Pennsylvania Gubernatorial candidate, Allyson Schwartz, stops by The Last Word and tells Ari Melber why she’s standing by Obamacare. [x]
YES we love this! Zerlina Maxwell’s 23 Ways Feminists Have Changed the World

YES we love this! Zerlina Maxwell’s 23 Ways Feminists Have Changed the World

Allyson Schwartz’s new ad stands by Obamacare

We’re so excited to announce that Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is the first ever recipient of the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award!
Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office.
“Stacey Abrams has shown us an extraordinary commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and civility that have been the highlights of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Stacey knows how important it is for people to have a voice in government, and she has been that voice for Georgia families every day. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is thrilled to present her with this award.”
Congratulations, Stacey!

We’re so excited to announce that Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is the first ever recipient of the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award!

Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office.

“Stacey Abrams has shown us an extraordinary commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and civility that have been the highlights of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Stacey knows how important it is for people to have a voice in government, and she has been that voice for Georgia families every day. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is thrilled to present her with this award.”

Congratulations, Stacey!

ICYMI: Jess McIntosh on Politics Nation!

Last night EMILY’s List Communications Director Jess McIntosh was featured on MSNBC’s Politics Nation with the Reverend Al Sharpton, where she discussed the GOP’s extreme agenda from coast-to-coast.

EMILY's List is dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office to create progressive change.

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