In response to Julia, Get Your Gun!:
The seeming paradox between talk of feminist "empowerment" and government dependency is easily resolved by realizing that the Left has sold many women a sense of empowerment in the Rousseau sense of authenticity. The government "empowers" them to express themselves and take charge in areas that really matter by providing for those basic needs of education, finance, health, etc. This is the rationale of "positive rights" - no one is truly "free" who must worry about the roof over her head, or the bread upon her table.