Wisconsin Republicans Have a Huge Lady Problem
Voices of Conservative Women, a PAC devoted to electing women based on fiscal and not social issues, recently launched operations in the purple state of Wisconsin.
The state GOP, like the national GOP, has a woman problem. Of the fifty-seven Republicans in the Wisconsin state assembly, only seven are female.
Jennifer DeJournett, the group’s executive director, told reporter Jack Craver that they are looking to promote “common sense, pocketbook women” for public office.
According to a new poll by the Feldman Group and Anzalone Liszt Grove research, equal pay is a top priority for women. Turns out that women, across the board, care very much about how much money they put in their pocketbooks.
But policy-wise, Republicans aren’t supporting bills that address this issue. For example, the federal Paycheck Fairness Act would make it harder for employers to pay women less than men for doing similar work. The GOP has filibustered this bill twice—once in 2010 and again in 2012.
In Wisconsin, women earn 75 cents for every dollar that men make, worse than the national average of 77 cents, according to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health.
But that didn’t stop Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated legislature from overturning the state’s equal pay law in 2012.
What’s more, women are less interested in lowering taxes than men and more likely to support social services. Yet Walker and the legislature are touting the recent property tax cuts and shrinking state support to schools and social services.
Voices of Conservative Women have their work cut out for them.
Photo: Flickr user A of DooM, creative commons licensed.
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