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24 Republican Congresswomen have joined a caucus aimed at raising the profile of GOP women in their roles as lawmakers. Voting records show these women have consistently opposed women's rights.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann gestures as she speaks to attendees at the Dallas GOP dinner in Adel, Iowa. (photo: Reuters)
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann gestures as she speaks to attendees at the Dallas GOP dinner in Adel, Iowa. (photo: Reuters)

Members of New GOP Women's Caucus Voted Against Equality for Women

By Josh Israel, ThinkProgress

24 May 12


he 24 Republican Congresswomen in the U.S. House announced yesterday that they have joined to form the Women’s Policy Committee, a caucus aimed at “raising the profile of GOP women in their roles as lawmakers, highlighting their diverse achievements and providing a unique, unified voice on a wide range of critically important issues.”

But a ThinkProgress review of their voting records shows that the two dozen women have been fairly consistent in their legislative opposition to women’s rights:

  • Violence Against Women: Of the 24 women, 22 voted to rollback the Violence Against Women Act, backing a version of the bill that could violate the confidentiality of victims and that excluded protections for immigrants, LGBT people, and Native Americans.
  • Access to contraception: 21 of the 24 co-sponsored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” to take away regulations enacted under Obamacare requiring most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans, without additional cost-sharing.
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Of the 15 Republican Congresswomen who were in the House at the time, all 15 voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.
  • Paycheck Fairness Act Act: 13 of those 15 also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update the 1963 Equal Pay Act by closing many of its loopholes and strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination.
  • Reproductive health: According to Planned Parenthood, 20 of the 24 GOP women earned a zero score, voting against reproductive health at every opportunity. The average score for the women was under 6 percent.

Watch their video announcing the caucus:

In lauding the group’s formation, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said “Make no mistake, these aren’t just leaders on so-called ‘women’s issues,’ these are women leaders on all issues.”

But their leadership on women’s issues has been decidedly absent. In fact, even in their two-minutes-and-fifteen-seconds introductory video “Working For You,” they note they are “working together to create jobs, reduce spending, health small businesses, and put back into your hands.” But they do not name a single accomplishment or goal relating to equal protection for women. your social media marketing partner


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+18 # hobbesian 2012-05-24 09:37
Pass me the Kool-Aid, I'm gobsmacked. All those years working hard for women to be people too, and - where are their minds? Who's making them do this? Not their daughters...ple ase!
+42 # WestWinds 2012-05-24 09:49

"Stupid" is the word. How did this country ever get to be so stupid? I simply can't listen to the Right any more.

Once upon a time I was listening to both sides of the isle, but the Right has become so ridiculous they just don't make sense on any level (unless criminal greed counts) and they really do rely on the American public to be consistently stupid.

Why would any female voter support this pack of female hyenas?

I used to think it was only the men who were the stupid ones. My rationale being that women are instinctively more attuned to things because they have children to protect.

But the women who support people like Rev. John Hagee, a notorious woman hater with his uncompromising comment about "any woman who holds a job is a wh***, a tramp and a sl**, because all jobs rightfully belong to men", and other narrow-minded statements, and women who vote against their own best interests, intentionally or otherwise, are just plain stupid in their own right and these days are equaling the men in stupidity on the political playing field.

What IS that? What in heaven's name does the Right have that women voters find so appealing? I listen to someone like Elizabeth Warren and all I can think is how much sense she makes. Then I listen to someone like a Sarah Palin or a Michele Bachman and nothing but toads and snakes fall out of their mouths.
+24 # Lolanne 2012-05-24 11:01
Quoting WestWinds:

"Stupid" is the word. How did this country ever get to be so stupid? I simply can't listen to the Right any more. . . .
What IS that? What in heaven's name does the Right have that women voters find so appealing? I listen to someone like Elizabeth Warren and all I can think is how much sense she makes. Then I listen to someone like a Sarah Palin or a Michele Bachman and nothing but toads and snakes fall out of their mouths.

I'd give you a hundred thumbs up on this post if I could!
Betrayal is an ugly thing, and that's what these female politicians are doing. They're getting theirs (materially) and they don't care that they are betraying their sisters across the country. I can barely stand the sight or sound of any of them.
I do think there is a lot of brainwashing out there by repuke authoritarian males who rule their wives with fear, which I guess can paralyze them into being little more than robots. Even that doesn't fully explain it, though...there HAS to be a lot of "stupid" among the women across the country, too. There's just nothing else to explain it.
+14 # Alice 2012-05-24 13:05
Thank Fox Schmooze and its minions of misinformation. There should be a blog called "orphans of Fox News," because so many people talk about how it has affected a loved one and turned them into an unrecognizable person/friend/f amily member. It's the great dumbing down of America.
+34 # WestWinds 2012-05-24 09:50

I was watching a YouTube clip of Scott Walker talking about being divisive up in Wisconsin and there was some female (billionaire, I'm told) who was there begging him to let her know how she could help. Several things ran through my mind:
(1) She reminded me of a dog when they go into a submission routine and I expected her to roll on the floor with her appendages up in the air showing a vulnerable belly, (2) I perceived her behavior as pandering for approval couched in the most pathetic expression of self debasing, (3) I was shocked to hear that she was exceptionally wealthy in her own right; who could trust such a self-effacing worm with a penny? And (4) She made me ashamed that any woman would conduct herself in such a humiliating way. She obviously has no respect for herself, so why should I? All she did was telegraph her own lack of self worth, and maybe that's it: Maybe Right-wing women have been brought up to hate themselves and have been programmed to self-loathing and embarrassing behavior. Makes me glad I'm a Liberal...
+22 # humactdoc 2012-05-24 09:56
It's authoritarian vs democratic ideologies regardless of gender. Authoritarian-m inded women have no problem subverting the equal rights of women and democratic-mind ed men have no problem upholding and promoting the equal rights of women.
-21 # prtyfdup 2012-05-24 11:05
Rights is this what this whole dialogue is about? It's a smear campaign put on by the demos. Personally it shouldn't matter whether you are a democrat, republican, or don't belong to either party, a woman should be treated respectfully and a man should be treated respectfully.
+27 # redjelly39 2012-05-24 10:28
Wow, I spent years working for the Genesis Group (a battered womens shelter) and was angry, heart-broken and ultimately disillusioned with the fact that many of these women would be beaten to a pulp and be right back with the man that beat them the very next day. Sometimes they would jump off the hospital bed and run back to them the same night.
Can women be that stupid or desperate ? Yes..
Most of the women I associate with today are strong, educated and fighting for their rights. These women will not be fooled by the shenanigans of the GOP BUT make no mistake, there are a lot of women out there who will vote they way their boyfriend/husba nd want them to vote or follow along with the Bachmans, Palins & other defective women politicians that will convince them that the GOP knows better than them how their rights & bodies should be managed.
How did we ever get to this point ?
Will you all join me in prayer for the Aliens to come save us from ourselves ?
+25 # genierae 2012-05-24 10:35
Republican women have been raised from birth to be good little girls who put men first, and their church uses a perversion of the Bible to reinforce that mindset. They grow up in authoritarian families where daddy is king and mommy must bow down to him. It's a lifelong conditioning and it turns them into fem-bots who spout dogma whenever they are challenged. Those who break free of this mindset are attacked and demonized, and unless they recant, they are usually ostracized. Thinking for themselves is not allowed if they want to be accepted in this Father Knows Best world.
+16 # Phlippinout 2012-05-24 11:28
The US never ratified the ERA. Does it really surprise anyone that GOP women are penis whipped? Why should they care if women get paid equal, they get their money from their men, or at least vote like they do!
+15 # angelfish 2012-05-24 11:31
These "women" are ALL Stepford
wives whose collective Will has been usurped by the men in their lives. Unable to think or function without their men, they are enslaved by them and seek to do the same to ALL women! NO, NO and NO again! This is ONE woman who will NOT eat the Sh*t they are serving! Women of America, be you RePublican, Democrat, Conservative or Liberal, FIGHT these un-natural Fools who seek to stamp us ALL out of the same Cookie Cutter Mold! Vote them OUT in November. The People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated!
+12 # jwb110 2012-05-24 12:42
The rich or the Washington "connected" vote based on the premise that the laws made for "Those other people" will never impact them. Shame, shame, shame on them. These women are by definition the oligarchy. There daughters will never go without an abortion or contraception. They will get all the prenatal care and screenings for their overall health and paid for by American Taxes.
The House is full of mendacity.
+11 # redjelly39 2012-05-24 12:58
Many great comments here and it seems we have all come to the same conclusions about the dichotomy of women. One we can do something about now - Educate them to the tactics that are being used to sell them the lies and see how the influences from preachers & politicians are affecting them & their social circles.
The other section is not so easy as I have been trying to wake up the "Faux Newz" watchers for the last 12 years and they are defiant in their ignorance.
What really bothers me is the women politicians and GOP supporters who seem to want to sell out other women either to make a buck or if they really believe their "snake dancing" religious keepers are right in "keeping the women down"...
I still say that the GOP cannot tell 50% of the population they are wrong and not pay for it at the polls.
The underlying issue that controls our Energy, Education, Food, Health, Rights & Financial system comes from high above our elected officials. The reason they dont want people educated or informed is because an educated public is harder to control. Keep us stupid & dependent and we will do as we are told !!!
+6 # redjelly39 2012-05-24 13:32
Watch the movie "Thrive". Its free & online (Google it). It explains where the power really is and how we are being manipulated by the Banks, Corps & their Media then down to our Gov't whose job it is to keep us afraid, produce laws & control over us. Its either We the People or going back to praying for the Aliens to save US all. Peace always & All Ways ♡
-2 # handmjones 2012-05-24 15:14
If it is the exploititive few who are controlling this anti woman's rights legislation then I cannot imagine their motivation. The anti reproductive rights legislation results in an ever increasing proportion of children raised in poverty by women who are too stupid to control their own circumstances or to motivate their offspring.
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2012-05-24 16:12
"You can fool some of the people some of the time, and that's enough to make a good living." --- W.C. Fields
+5 # carolsj 2012-05-24 16:19
This shows the failure of our education system, which is being drained even more by cuts. A teacher I knew called "no child left behind", "every child left behind".
+1 # genierae 2012-05-25 05:55
Our public schools are being destroyed by corporate Republicans to make way for charter schools where parents don't have input, and profit is the top priority. This assault on our schools is part of a broad plan to attack and dismantle the middle class, the only group of people who can stand in the way of their plutocratic agenda. They want us all to be poor and powerless.
+1 # genierae 2012-05-24 16:43
There is a simple solution to the myriad problems that this country faces. We need an amendment to the Constitution that mandates that 50% of all elected officials be women. This would include local, state and federal offices. The presidency would have one man, one woman, of equal power, and we could also have a council of elders to choose candidates wisely. (That would leave most Republican men and women out.) There would also be one man, one woman for each cabinet position. If we had input across the board by women, we wouldn't have the horrific problems that are now facing us. Instead of constant war, we would have lasting peace. I said that this was a simple solution, but simple doesn't mean it would be easy. But the day will come when it will happen. May that day come soon.
-1 # lark3650 2012-05-25 09:09
There's the peace sign...and then there is the insulting version of the gesture (with the palm inwards) often compared to the offensive gesture known as "the finger". hmmmm-mmmm Surely Michelle can't mean that, can she?
+3 # Peacedragon 2012-05-25 18:44
Its not a gender thing. There are stupid men, smart men, stupid women, smart women, republicans and democrats of both genders. You should vote for people who you think will make the right choicews.
+2 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-05-25 22:42
Do most of these women look like they just finished "shock treatment" sessions, or is it my imagination? Just asking.
+1 # Anarchist 23 2012-05-26 13:08
These women were allied to the Male theocracy that existed in 'The Handmaid's Tale' The movie of the book was made in 92-see it.
0 # futhark 2012-05-28 12:28
As with an earlier article about Newt Gingrich, we have a picture of a Republican politician "gesturing" with a "reverse peace sign" or "reverse victory sign", which, I have on supported authority, means in the UK "F--k you and your mother, too!" Way to go, Ms. Bachmann!

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