At the prompting of a panelist, the candidates each offered their picks for the women in history who they most admire. Moseley Braun chose Sojourner Truth, the African-American activist. Kucinich named Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Workers Movement. Clark selected California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is actually supporting Kerry’s campaign. Kerry thanked Clark for his wonderful pick and then offered up his: former first lady Abigail Adams. Former Vermont governor Howard Dean selected Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a founder of the women’s rights movement, and added former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to his answer. And Edwards jokingly barked at Dean for stealing his selection: Roosevelt.
Interesting since Elizabeth Cady Stanton was anti-abortion and had said “When we consider that women have been treated as property it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.” I wasn’t aware of this quote before but I knew that all of the early feminist leaders were anti-abortion it didn’t take me long to find this. Dorothy Day had an abortion early in her life and later fought against abortion.