Republican women say GOP is pro-woman

The GOP women in the House want you to know that the Republican party is pro-woman. Gosh, I can’t imagine what might have given you the impression that it wasn’t, but let’s hear them out.

I will just echo Vanessa quoting Ann from the other day: “A woman candidate is not the same thing as a woman’s candidate.” Just because a woman supports anti-woman policies doesn’t mean that they aren’t anti-woman. And all this Republicans talk about jobs jobs jobs doesn’t change the fact that they have, in fact, been “focused like a laser on your uterus.”

I like to see women politicians speaking out–I just like to see them speak out for the right things even more. As Jess McIntosh of EMILY’s List said, “Women speaking on behalf of the anti-woman policies of a party of men just doesn’t deliver the same punch.” No kidding.

Transcript after the jump


Mr Speaker my agenda and the Republican agenda is indeed pro-women. It is pro-woman because it’s pro-small business, pro-job creater, pro-family, and pro-economic growth.

I’m here tonight to politely decline the anti-woman label that some who must not have better things to do have pushed our way.

I’m proud to serve my state and my country as a Republican woman.

Because the women here in this chamber, on this side of the aisle, are incredibly diverse.

But more importantly as a Conservative committed to doing my part to get our country back on track.

You see just as my dad taught me years ago, women in my home state of South Dakota and all across this country, we care about the same things that men do.

We know that we need solutions, and the most important solution we can find is bringing more jobs to folks at home.

Mr. Speaker our Republican conference has rolled out a jobs plan. It’s pro-woman and it’s pro-man because it does exactly what we need to get our economy back on track.

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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