View From the Left: GOP Congresswomen Fight Back

They say there's no war against women, but a group of House Republican women are beginning a new skirmish

Republican women in Congress have decided it's time to rebrand the "war against women." With the launch of the newly created Women's Policy Committee, a formal congressional caucus, 24 Republican congresswomen are angling to seize attention as political power players. But no Democratic congresswomen need apply -- this caucus is for Republicans only.

In addition to the launch of the new caucus, these GOP women launched a new video to highlight their experience and positions in Congress. Set to some light, cheery music, a variety of lawmakers (including the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, Cathy McMorris Rodgers) list their professional accomplishments, but all make sure they mention their motherhood bona fides, as well.

 

 

Funny that these women all highlight their parenting experiences right alongside their paid work experience, suggesting that both are equally relevant to their jobs as lawmakers. That's not really in keeping with their party's opposition to the recently introduced WORK Act, which would allow mothers of children ages four and under to receive welfare benefits by characterizing child care as a "work activity."

Clearly this is an attempt to redirect the spotlight from the recent stories of the "war against women" and the sense that the GOP isn't a woman-friendly party. While this video is a good way to highlight Republican women, I notice that none of them talked about where they stand on their party's attempts to roll back women's rights, especially reproductive rights, back to the days of June Cleaver.

You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

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