“Informed” women think “47 percent” misinformation is fine and women who reveal it are “little girls”

Gov. LePage has been in the news for saying, falsely, that “about 47% of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work.”

So what does the head of the conservative women’s group to whom LePage addressed these remarks, a woman who wrote a book on personal responsibility, have to say?

Does she seek accountability from the governor for making patently false statements? Given her expressed interest in being informed and taking responsibility, you might expect that.


Instead, she calls the women who taped the governor “hapless little girls” who “dutifully turned over their recordings.”

Evidently only the women who agree with Ms. Dench deserve to be called “women.” Those who don’t are “little girls” who don’t use their own heads and make their own decisions but instead simply follow orders.

In the future, one hopes this group, the Informed Women’s Network, treats all Maine women with respect and promotes accurate information.

Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.