Why the GOP Has Lost the Women’s Vote for 2014 and Beyond
If the Republicans cared about women, they would promote policies that encourage family-friendly fairness in the workplace. For example, pregnancy discrimination complaints have risen dramatically in the last two decades. Many pregnant women in America receive no protection if they need physical accommodations during their pregnancy and can be fired if they cannot stand all day during their shift or lift heavy items. This disproportionally affects low-income women who have service jobs. If the House Judiciary committee, who spent last week debating if women can get pregnant from rape, actually cares about the health of the mother and the child, they should hold hearings on pregnancy discrimination and dedicate more funding for anti-discrimination enforcement.
If the Republicans cared about women, they would support basic labor standards like earned sick days. Women are increasingly both the primary breadwinner and the primary caregiver. Low-income women in particular do not have the ability to take a day off to be home with a sick child. Republican Gov. Rick Scott recently sided with big business and signed a bill to block local governments from implementing earned sick days, effectively banning it. This is shameful. The Republican Congress should support Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s (D-CT) Healthy Families Act, which allows workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to seven days of sick time per year.
Instead of supporting commonsense solutions that positively impact working women, Republican leadership made the political calculation to pull the anti-abortion bill out of Representative Franks’s hands and have a woman, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), manage the debate and be the face of their effort. It’s worth noting that Blackburn doesn’t even sit on the Judiciary Committee where the bill originated—nor does a single other woman on the Republican side.