GOP: We’re Pro-Woman Because We’re Pro-Business

One criticism that really irritates GOP lawmakers is the argument that their policies are bad for women, so every now and then conservative congresswomen band together to make the case that the “anti-woman” charge is unfair. Their defense generally goes something like this: GOP policies are good for America, and women are Americans, ergo Republicans are more “pro-woman” than Democrats.

The other night on the House floor, 14 of the 24 Republican women serving in the chamber stepped forward to explain why women are well served by Republican policies. Most of them talked about the alleged failure of President Obama and recited dishonest talking points about the health-care law, but the argument was best summed up by freshman Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD):

The Republican agenda is indeed pro-women. It is pro-woman because it is pro-business, pro-job creator, pro-family, pro-economic growth.

She went on:

You see, just as my dad taught me years ago, women in my home state of South Dakota and all across this country, we care about the same things that men do. They’re worried about the security of their jobs, they’re worried about their children’s future and they’re worried about finding a job if they need one. We’re worried about the excessive spending that this country is engaging in and the overwhelming debt that we’re continuing to accumulate and that we’re going to leave to our children and our grandchildren…We’re worried about what new government regulation is going to come in and hinder our businesses and what’s around the corner that’s going to try to control our portion of our lives or hurt our small businesses on the street corner. Mr. Speaker, our Republican conference has rolled out a jobs plan. It’s pro-woman and it’s pro-man because it does exactly what we need to get our economy back on track.

Noem’s argument would be more compelling if Republicans had spent their first six months in the majority focusing on job creation. Instead, they’ve wasted time on bills that have nothing to do with the economy but would make abortions less accessible, change the definition of rape, and cut funding for women’s health care. Indeed, the House-passed No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act is overtly anti-business legislation that would punish private companies for offering legal health-care procedures.

Watch a roundup of the GOP women’s statements here:

Cross posted from Political Correction, a project of Media Matters Action Network.

TOP: Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) speaks about why the Republican Party is pro-women.


  1. Lynnyts says:

    I’m from South Dakota and this is so like Kristi Noem. She states, “We’re worried about what new government regulation is going to come in and hinder our businesses and what’s around the corner that’s going to try to control our portion of our lives or hurt our small businesses…” yet she and her husband had *no problem* taking government subsidies for their huge farming/ranching operation. She’s a hypocrite in more ways than one.

  2. Thanks Ms. Magazine for having a man defend our interests against the GOP. This subject is obviously too complicated for women writers.

  3. Amanda J says:

    @Mary, I believe the expression is “missing the forest for the trees.” Men can be feminists too.

  4. Noem is so ‘worried’ she does not wake up and realize the GOP itself wants to regulate her (and every other woman’s) reproductive organs. Whoops!

  5. I don’t know how any rational intelligent woman could possibly be a republican. The GOP is clearly misogynist.

  6. I think it’s funny in the quote how she switches from saying “we” to “they” and then back again. But then, her statements are largely ignorant anyway, so what can you expect?

  7. Jackie De Hon says:

    A woman cannot control her life if she is not in control of her own body. Politicians who seek to punish women rather than doing the work we sent them to do in government are not doing their jobs. In Texas, the Republican governor and the Republican-controlled legislature made a mockery of women’s rights. Any woman who has any self-esteem–or anyone who cares about a woman–will not vote for a person who thinks this is the way our world should be run.

    When Republicans end their War on Women, I might–MIGHT–listen to what they have to say. Until then, I will not.

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