Essential Estrogen: Sen. Biden in Cedar Rapids (Part 2)
Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen
Delaware Sen. Joe Biden is proud of the fact that he hasn't changed much since 1994. "If I could wave a magic wand," he told the standing room only crowd in Cedar Rapids Sunday night, "the one thing in world politics I would do would be the empowerment of women." Biden was responding to an audience member who questioned what could be done about the declining status of women in Iraq. "I don't want to empower women because they are sweet and nice," he added. "It needs to be done because that's 51 percent of the world's population and because it would better us all." Although the primary topic for Sunday's stump speech was the Iraq War, the U.S. Senator and author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act often answers audience questions or follows a train of thought which leads him to discuss women and/or women's issues.