“March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.’ This theme provides us an important opportunity to ensure that we, as a nation, are including the stories, struggles, and successes of women into the American narrative.
“Women have been deeply ingrained in the fabric of our nation’s history from the very beginning. From Abigail Adams’ role as unofficial adviser to the president, to Sandra Day O’Connor serving as the first female member of the United States Supreme Court, to Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives, we have come a long way. Celebrating the women who have come before us is essential to continuing our march toward total equality for women. We stand on these women’s shoulders, and without knowing and understanding the stories of our foremothers, we have nothing to stand on.
“The theme of this March also encourages us to recommit to always elevating women’s perspectives in the work we do building this nation, now and in the future. This is something that I am proud to say our President and Democrats have made a priority.
“In President Obama, women have had a strong ally in the fight for economic opportunity, affordable health care, and a fair work, life balance. The first bill our President signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, helps equip women with the legal tools they need to fight wage discrimination; with the Affordable Care Act, millions more American women now have access to quality, affordable health care without being discriminated against by insurance companies for being a woman; and a dedication to allowing parents the economic freedom to stay home with sick children so that working mothers can both take care of and afford to feed their families – Democrats have fought for policies that reflect the priorities of women and will continue to do so.
“It is no secret why Republicans continue to struggle with women voters. They continuously either ignore the voices of women or simply stand on the wrong side of these issues and so many more that are important to women and families. They still brush them aside as ‘just women’s issues’ – forgetting that women are not a small special interest group, but in fact make up half of our nation and ‘their’ issues are family issues and economic issues. In prioritizing the wealthy and special interests, Republicans have disregarded the needs of American woman and lost sight of the cornerstones of middle class economics.
“This Women’s History Month, we recommit to never ignoring the perspectives and lives of women. And we celebrate our progress, as well as the work still to be done, by drawing strength from the women whose stories are woven into our nation’s history. May the women of the past be forever in our minds as we continue to break barriers and fight for full equality. From our DNC family to yours, Happy Women’s History Month.”
Democrats respond to GOP hopefuls at CPAC
Recently, the 2016 field of potential GOP presidential candidates gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and we knew exactly what to expect because we’ve watched this circus before. The Republicans speaking at the conference have yet again make clear that rather than focusing on the economy and expanding opportunity for the middle class, they are fighting for the very rich and special interests.
On a press conference call yesterday, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz discussed the Republican presidential hopefuls’ long-held policy positions that suit only the far right wing of their party. She stated “Republicans—when they’re not busy playing chicken with our national security – are looking to go back to the same, old, tired GOP policies that have failed again and again in the past – and are focused on an array of divisive social issues.”
Here are just two examples of what potential GOP presidential candidates have said:
- During a Q&A section at CPAC, Chris Christie said: “I’m pro-life. I ran as a pro-life candidate in 2009 unapologetically, spoke of the pro-life rally on the steps of the statehouse. The first governor to ever speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the statehouse in New Jersey, and vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget.”
- Scott Walker shared his plan for combatting ISIS by comparing Wisconsin workers to terrorists. In response, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee released the following statement: “If Scott Walker thinks that it’s appropriate to compare working people speaking up for their rights to brutal terrorists, then he is even less qualified to be president than I thought. Maybe he should go back to punting.”
It’s already been a banner year for the GOP 2016 field, where it’s giving a nod to the fringe on childhood vaccinations, kissing the rings of the Koch Brothers and extreme immigration voices like Steve King, train-wreck budget fiascos, and even questioning the President’s religion and patriotism. On issue after issue, the GOP presidential hopefuls make us weaker both at home and abroad.
Over these last few days, it has been clear what today’s Republican Party stands for. While Democrats continue to work hard to increase opportunity for all Americans, today’s Republican field supports policies that favor the wealthiest and well connected and leave the middle class behind.