Women’s issues in the 2008 Election – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Women’s issues in the 2008 Election

The Independent Women’s Forum, a non-partisan, research and educational institution, recently announced the winners of the 2007-2008 IWF College Essay Contest, with Kyli Archibald ’11, winning an Honorable Mention. In a contest where full-time, female undergraduate students were asked to submit an essay no longer than 750 words, answering the question: What role should women’s issues play in the 2008 elections and how do you define women’s issues? Archibald’s outstanding essay was chosen from hundreds of entries from around the world. “My main motivation for entering this essay contest was to support an organization that stands for my ideals and to show that a different side of feminism does exist,” says Archibald. “We’ve all seen the radical feminist groups, and we’ve all heard about their issues. I wrote this essay as an outlet to express my feminist ideas to a group that supports my views of equality and conservative ideals.” Archibald’s essay emphasized that all issues are women’s issues, directly addressing the issue of the War in Iraq and the way that it connected to the women’s international community. “I wanted to emphasize equality of genders worldwide,” she says. Archibald also addressed issues ranging from the social security crisis to the recent increase in the minimum wage which resulted in the loss of hours for those making minimum wage including her own. Founded in 1992, the Independent Women’s Forum has focused on issues of concern to women, men, and families. Their mission is to rebuild civil society by advancing economic liberty, personal responsibility and political freedom. The organization works to build support for a greater respect for limited government, equality under the law, property rights, free markets, strong families, and a powerful and effective national defense and foreign policy. “I am honored to be recognized by The Independent Women’s Forum,” says Archibald. “I think that it would be ideal for this recognition to bring a support for diversity of political ideologies on campus.”