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Carly Fiorina's Campaign Platform Doesn't Do Much For Women's Causes

At the second Republican presidential debate, Carly Fiorina certainly stood out with her astute answers and commanding presence. In fact, she was the only candidate who was also able to put Donald Trump in his place by saying "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said." She was referencing Trump's statement "Look at that face!" Although Fiorina did champion women's issues, she hasn't done as much within her campaign platform.

She has described equal pay bills, like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, as nothing more than "tokens" and "gestures" that do not help women advance in the workplace. In addition, Fiorina opposes changing federal law to require companies to provide paid maternity leave. In August, Fiorina told CNN "I'm not saying I oppose paid maternity leave. What I'm saying is I oppose the federal government mandating paid maternity leave to every company out there." Furthermore, Fiorina opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger.

Then, when asked who she thought should be on the $10 bill, she responded "I wouldn't change the $10 bill or the $20 bill. I think honestly it's a gesture -- don't think it helps to change our history. What I would think is we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation. And this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses."

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