This week's primaries brought huge victories for women across the country -- many who succeeded against great odds, such as Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas and victim of egregious misogyny and racism, Nikki Haley, in South Carolina.
But the biggest headline we're still seeing is how many of yesterday's victorious women belong to the Republican party. Winning the GOP nomination last night were Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate in California, Meg Whitman for California Governor, and anti-establishment candidate Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate in Nevada.
Though some of these women don't share WCF's views on reproductive health choices, I am encouraged. This sudden deluge of victories has forced the country to stand up and take notice of women's political power.
That said, I want to ask these candidates one question: If elected, what will you do to advance women's rights?
Many of you prevailed in spite of the Political Establishment. Now, it is my great hope that you will use your hard-earned collective power to help us break up the Good Ol' Boys' Club and change the many existing harmful views against women.
It is my firm belief that we need more women in government--but it's essential that they use their leadership to protect and empower all women in America.
That means working to turn the tide of the Establishment, which continually looks to restrict women's freedoms across the board.
We all know how difficult it is for Republican women to defend reproductive health choices. The party's vicious attacks against Dede Scozzafava last year were a prime example of this.
In fact, RNC member Bill Crocker said in January,
"No more Scozzafavas, please. No more Specters, please. No more Chafees, please."
Well at WCF, we want many more Scozzafavas, please. At WCF, we constantly look for Republican candidates who do support health choices, work to provide a safe haven for those women, and find new ways to recruit pro-choice Republican women.
Moderate Republican Woman shouldn't be a bad word. We want both parties to acknowledge that most Americans believe health choices should be left up to the individual, not the government or a politician.
So as the country lies in wait to see how many new GOP women will be elected this November, I challenge these women to take a stand for their gender--not work against it.
Originally posted by Lauren at Women and Politics
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