Palin's Protectors - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Tuesday afternoon Republican women showed a stand of solidarity at a news conference to defend Sarah Palin, her record, her experience and mostly her gender. “People portray her as a showhorse not a workhorse,” said Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard and current Chairman of the RNC. Fiorina was joined by former Governor Jane Swift (R-MA), Rosario Marin, former U.S. Treasurer, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Renee Amoore, the Pennsylvania Republican Party Deputy Chairman.

The women were indignent at the comments that have been made about Palin in the last week since she was announced as Sen. John McCain’s running mate.

The women questioned why is Palin described as McCain’s cheerleader instead of just a leader. “Sarah Palin has made executive decisions,” said Fiorina. “Barack Obama has not.”

Although late, they also uttered their distaste at how the media handled Hillary Clinton and expressed how great their admiration was for what Hillary did to advance women in politics.

When asked why they waited until now to defend what they called sexist attacks on Hillary by the Obama Campaign, Blackburn said that if she had the media probably would have ignored them anyway.

Each woman spoke on behalf of their pride to see that the first woman to be nominated as Vice President would be a Republican woman.

Marcia A. Wade is a reporter for

Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.