The Senate candidate in New Hampshire is a leader on women's rights, and she's running against a guy who hides in the bathroom to avoid talking about contraception.
A fierce advocate for women's rights, New Hampshire's first female governor and first female senator is running to hold on to her Senate seat. And while we wish we could support the man who once posed nude in our pages, his policy positions just aren't as solid as his abs were in the '80s. We support Jeanne Shaheen for Senate.
Shaheen is one of the country's most vocal and active leaders on reproductive freedom and other women's rights issues. Her "Shaheen Amendment" seeks to give women who are raped in the military the right to abortion. She led efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. She cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which helps to ensure women are paid the same as men; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight unequal pay in court; and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which protects against pregnancy discrimination at work.
Her opponent, Scott Brown, is less clear about his views on reproductive rights: His website says he thinks abortion should be left up to a woman and her doctor, except that he also opposes what he calls "partial-birth abortion" (a political, not medical, term for a rare later-term abortion procedure, often used to terminate pregnancies that have gone tragically wrong) and supports strong parental notification laws – so in other words, abortion should be left up to a woman and her doctor, except when it's left up to a young woman's parents, or when legislators step in and dictate to doctors which procedures they should use. Brown said he disapproved of cutting family planning funding, but also supported a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood. And when reporters tried to ask him about his views on contraception access, he literally hid in the bathroom to avoid answering the question.
Jeanne Shaheen doesn't hide in the bathroom. She took to the floor of the Senate to argue in favor of increasing the minimum wage to a livable $10.10 an hour, pushed the military to end discrimination against gay and lesbian service members, and cosponsored the DREAM Act, which establishes a path to permanent residency for some immigrants brought to the United States as children. Scott Brown may have been Cosmopolitan's "sexiest man" in 1982, but in 2014, we're picking brains over brawn – and that's Jeanne Shaheen.
This is part of Cosmopolitan.com's midterm election coverage. Share this article with #CosmoVotes and #CosmoVotesNH and make sure to vote on November 4.