LIMA — Former Ohio first lady Frances Strickland said she believes that with more single-parent households and with more women called upon to be the primary caregivers for their families, women should reap the benefits of greater equality with men. During a visit to Lima’s Democratic election headquarters Wednesday, Strickland voiced her hopes that having a woman as president will help make that equality a reality.
“I think that so much that is going on in this country is woman-dependent,” she said. “We’re picking up more of the jobs as we’ve gotten into the communication and technology age, where we have to use our communication and English and writing skills. More of us are having to raise our families on our own, so it’s really important that we start looking at women as total equals in our country, and I don’t think we’re ever going to do that until we have a woman president.”
Campaigning on behalf of her husband, former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland, Frances Strickland said that she and her husband have enjoyed going throughout the state again, speaking to Ohioans about the issues they are facing.
“It’s like coming home,” she said. “This has been terrific. I think Ted and I have both really enjoyed it.”
Strickland also emphasized the need to maintain Democratic control over the White House, saying that both Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband “make a wonderful team and are a perfect match for what this country needs.”
Strickland also expressed concerns over what she sees as threats to the public education system, suffering what she called “a thousand cuts” at the hands of Republicans.
“Three things my husband has always stood for are jobs, education and health care,” she said.
Strickland’s husband has faced an uphill battle to oust current Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, with a Democratic political group recently pulling funding for almost three weeks of television ads, according to The Associated Press. To that end, Strickland emphasized that victory for her husband in November will be a grassroots effort.
“What’s happening with his race is a perfect analogy for what’s happening to this country,” she said. “I’m loving the fact that Ted’s race is going to be won with people coming together because they understand that they are stronger together.”
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