Job growth is important, but it's also important to realize the hole that needs to be filled. Since February 2010, 1.8 million jobs have been created, but 8.8 million jobs were lost prior to that period. That's a shortage of 7 million.
While Congress proposes slashing health care benefits, vital children's programs, and veterans' services -- all because we're "broke" -- it continues to fund a war that has cost us more than $455 billion.
We cannot continue to funnel billions of dollars a week toward a counterproductive military-first strategy in Afghanistan while sacrificing vital domestic priorities such as quality education, affordable health care, and job creation.
What would you do with $1 trillion? Unfortunately, one of Washington, D.C.'s answers over the last decade has been, "waste it on two wars that make us less safe and cause deep suffering at home and abroad."
It is deeply disappointing that after nine years of war, thousands of American casualties, and the inability of the Afghan government to rise above its corruption and incompetence, we are no closer to ending our role in this conflict.
I understand the frustrations of women voters, but there is simply too much at stake to sit these elections out. The message for progressive women is clear: Elections are tough. Get out there and vote like a girl.