WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday said that "archaic and unacceptable" attitudes toward women help breed violent crimes against them and can rob them of full equality in American life.
"This war against women must stop," Bush declared in an address to 2,000 people at a convention of the American Assn. of University Women.
He said women can be victims not only of husbands' abuse and street violence but also economic victims of "a climate of fear" that leaves them afraid to work late or walk to a library at night.
He said it was "unthinkable" that his seven granddaughters should not have the same opportunities in life as his four grandsons. However, he added: