On a Sunday morning talk show, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was asked about a passage in his 2005 book, "It Takes a Family."
The passage reads:
"The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness."
Santorum defended his comments.
"My wife is a working, working woman. We had children and she decided to, to take a career, take off time in her career and raise children. And I can tell you this section was written in large part in cooperation with her as a mother, who as a lawyer and neonatal intensive nurse, someone with a great amount of professional experience, who felt very much like society and those radical feminists that, that I was referring to, were not affirming her choice," said Santorum on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Diane von Furstenberg, a fashion pioneer and the creator of the wrap dress – a symbol of women's liberation in the 1970s, came OutFront to discuss her idea and how she's using it to empower women around the world.
During her appearance on the show, she discussed Rick Santorum's comments with CNN's Erin Burnett.
"I believe that all women should have children. I think women are made to have children and to be mothers." She added, "I also think women have to have an identity outside the home," said von Furstenberg.
Von Furstenberg has been designing clothes for over forty years and is now betting heavily on China's emerging market. She said the U.S. shouldn't be afraid China. According to CLSA Asia Pacific Markets in 2011, China accounted for 21% of the $263 billion global luxury goods market.
"I don’t think we should always look at the Chinese like they taking jobs. They are also bring us more and more jobs. Because, they are the biggest growing consumer. I think what is going on in China is exciting," said Von Furstenberg.
Von Furstenberg added that the wife of China's Vice President Xi Jingping who is in the U.S. meeting with President Barack Obama was a big fan of her clothing line.
Tune into tonight at 7pm ET for more of Erin's interview with Diane von Furstenberg.
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