On the May 27 edition of “CNN Newsroom,” host Carol Costello spoke to Molly Finn, who is the former media strategist for the Republican National Committee. While discussing the presidential candidacy of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Costello wanted to know why conservative women aren’t typically considered “feminists.”
“Just because some people are not necessarily aligning with the ‘feminist’ label, doesn’t mean that they’re not advocates for women’s equality and success,” Finn says. She goes on to say that Republican research has found that the word “feminist” is perceived to be connected with Democrats. Gosh, I wonder why that could be? Costello never asks Finn anything about Republican policies — policies that are largely supported by elected Republican women — that the majority of American women might be uncomfortable with.
Many elected Republican women in Washington actively support policies that harm other women. In 2012, Think Progress compiled a list of legislation designed to benefit women that was actively opposed by the Republican Women’s Policy Committee. That group was started, too much fanfare, to promote the perspective of conservative women, and originally consisted of 24 female GOP House members. Among the issues where they opposed women’s interests were the following:
- 22 of the 24 voted to soften some of the protections of the Violence Against Women Act
- 21 of them backed legislation that would take employer coverage for birth control out of Obamacare
- 20 of the group earned a zero rating from Planned Parenthood on reproductive health issues
When the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act came up for a vote in the House in 2009, all 15 Republican women who were in the House at the time voted against it. More recently, four female Republican senators voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is designed to strengthen legislation on pay discrimination.
Fiorina, the only declared Republican woman candidate for president, also has a poor track record on women’s issues. While she has not held elected office, and therefore has not been in a position to make policy, Fiorina is opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which has many benefits for women. She’s also anti-choice on abortion, and supports a GOP proposed 20-week abortion ban.
Costello had a ripe opportunity to put Finn on the hot seat regarding Republicans’ treatment of women, and how GOP women actively work against the interests of other females. Instead, she let Finn spout her nonsense for several minutes.
But most American women know which party is looking out for their interests. It’s no accident that, election after election, most women vote for Democrats.
Here’s the video, via Media Matters/CNN:
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