July 1, 2002
Independent Institute Research Fellow and FOXNews.Com Columnist, Wendy McElroy, Accepts CANOWs Challenge To Defend Her Critique Of Its Family Court Report Before Hundreds of Women
OAKLAND, Calif.Wendy McElroy, a research fellow for the Independent Institute and longtime womens rights advocate, has accepted a challenge issued by the California Chapter of the National Organization of Women (CANOW).
CANOWs Public Affairs Director, Rachel Allen, contacted Ms. McElroy via email through her editors at FoxNews.com about her latest column titled NOW Court Report Lacks Facts.
In her email, CANOWs Allen invited McElroy to meet with other feminists to discuss women, men, children and the family courts. I challenge [McElroy] as a feminist to sit in a room with hundreds of women ... and tell them their stories dont count, wrote Allen, who co-authored the report.
While declining to have CANOW put words in her mouth or dismiss the womens accounts ... as I take the voices of women (and men) seriously, McElroy replied, I accept the challenge.
After critiquing the media for reporting CANOWs propaganda as fact, McElroy rips the study for: 1) blatant attachment to a political agenda, 2) self-selecting data, 3) omission of the methodology for questionnaire processing, 4) lack of statistically significant data (e.g., to prove CANOWs claim that the present family court system in California is crippled, incompetent, and corrupt ... pathologizing, punishing and discriminating against women), 5) weak footnotes, and 6) no data from men.
Wendy McElroy has edited two books on womens rights published by the Independent Institute, Freedom, Feminism, and the State and the recently released book Liberty for Women. She is also the editor of ifeminists.com.