House Republican Women Hypocritically Claim Obama's Policies Hurt Women

January 07, 2010 12:35 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

About once a month, House Republican women band together to publicly claim that President Obama's policies are bad for women.  Last month, the charade took the form of a discussion panel including the likes of serial health care liar Betsy McCaughey.  In November, it was a Washington Times article arguing that health reform would transfer decision making power from women to the government. 

Yesterday, 10 GOP congresswomen (Reps. McMorris Rodgers, Blackburn, Myrick, Miller, Bachmann, Granger, Brown-Waite, Moore Capito, Bono Mack, and Jenkins) published an article at Pajamas Media titled "Dear Mr. President: Your Policies Are Damaging Women The Most." The article begins:

As we reflect on what the past year has meant for our families, it's clear that President Obama's policies are hitting women especially hard.

Since the president took office on January 20, about one million women have lost their jobs and today the unemployment rate among women is at the highest level in over 25 years. But perhaps most concerning of all, the president's economic policies have severely harmed the small business community, which has traditionally been the part of our economy that propels us out of recession and is increasingly being used by women as a means of career advancement and financial independence.

In other words, Obama's policies are bad for women by virtue of the fact that they're bad for small business -- a disputable premise in its own right.  Regardless, the argument isn't very compelling, especially when you consider Obama's record on issues directly related to gender. 

The first bill Obama signed into law after taking office was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, "a measure that will make it easier for women and others to sue for pay discrimination." Notably, nine of the 10 Republican women who co-authored yesterday's article opposed the equal pay legislation, with Brown-Waite not voting. 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also contained several provisions that particularly benefit women.  But needless to say, every House Republican women voted against the recovery plan.     

Last March, Obama issued an executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls, to "address problems like balancing work and home, childcare and the prevention of violence against women," and he remains a strong supporter of reproductive rights. 

But the GOP congresswomen -- who oppose Obama's efforts to help women at every turn -- want us to believe that his agenda is hurting women because it's not pro-business enough?  Give me a break. 

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