Politics the Feminist Machine

Women candidates hope to make 1992 a banner year, but will enough voters share their rage about abortion rights and Anita Hill to make a difference at the polls?

The ABCs of this election year are a woman candidate's dream. A is for abortion, or more precisely the attack on abortion rights that has enraged pro-choice voters in both major parties. B is for the backlash against the all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, which rubbed women's emotions raw last October with its insensitive handling of Anita Hill's sexual- harassment charges against Clarence Thomas. C is for change, the latest political buzz word for voters and candidates alike. "Men are running around saying, 'I'll change things,' " says Harriett Woods, president of the National Women's Political Caucus. "When a woman merely...

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