Top Republican Strategist: GOP “Doesn’t Give Equal Opportunity to Women”

SCHMIDT: I think in any organization where women are not at the table, where it is skewed male in today’s day and age, that’s an organization that’s deficient. That’s an organization that’s going to have problems. It’s one of the problems we have structurally in the Republican Party. We don’t have enough women at the table. But any company, any organization in today’s day and age that doesn’t give equal opportunity to women, that doesn’t advance women to the table, is going to be an organization that has difficulty competing. [Think Progress]

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WASHINGTON – Over the weekend Steve Schmidt committed the ultimate political crime. He told the truth.

It’s called tokenism. Because when Republicans do have a woman present, it’s almost always for show.

See Sarah Palin, who wasn’t even vetted, but thought just because she was a woman she could seduce Hillary voters into voting for McCain.

It’s the ultimate insult, because women are hardest on women. We don’t vote for her just because she’s female. She has to earn it.

The other problem is Republicans voting against things like the Violence Against Women Act. They just don’t understand what’s important to modern women. They also don’t believe in equal pay.

A big part of that problem lies in their traditionalism, the religious fundamentalism that still guides so many Republican men and women who still believe that women can’t be co-equal breadwinners at a time when families really do need two incomes. That men shouldn’t be expected to do half the domestic chores, too. Because when both parents work, the woman can’t work all day, just like a man, then be expected to come home and do 100% of the domestic duties.

Republicans have a long, long way to go before they understand modern women.


Taylor Marsh, is an author and veteran political analyst who has contributed to Huffington Post, The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, as well as cable outfits from Al Jazeera to CNN and beyond. A former Broadway performer, Miss Missouri in the Miss American Pageant, Marsh also dabbled in radio and wrote, directed and produced her one-woman show “Weeking for J.F.K.” Author of The Hillary Effect, Marsh’s book is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon. Her new-media magazine www.taylormarsh.com covers national politics, women, foreign policy, and culture.

         

11 Comments

  1. ” I think in any organization where women are not at the table, where it is skewed male in today’s day and age, that’s an organization that’s deficient. That’s an organization that’s going to have problems.”

    Agree, i am not a Catholic but cannot get my head or heart around any religious or secular justification that excludes women from having equal say in their governmental organization… The Vatican has a seat at the table of the United Nations but not one woman has a say in who will be their leader. That part is key to me when it comes to equal rights. The U.N. claims to be a gathering that promotes equality among all people in all nations. Perhaps if i were Catholic, from Saudi Arabia, or Brunei it would compute.

  2. The reactionary force is strong in the GOP. There is a good reason why more women self identify as democrats than republicans.

  3. Steve Schmidt is a decent,honest, rational type of Republican–His type is rapidly becoming extinct in the party.

  4. BB, be an optimist and hope that his “type” is becoming more prevalent in the party.

  5. I really agree with the quote from Schmidt. A couple of years ago my company named one of our products with a name that is the brand name of an extremely common birth control pill. When it was announced, I and a number of other women in the meeting nearly spit up our drinks giggling. One does have to marvel that with all the sign-offs the name of a major product has to go through — my guess is that it is something like 40-50 people in all at my company — that there can be such a dearth of women in leadership in this day and age that there was not one woman in the room when the idea for that name came up.

    Mine is kind of a silly example of course, but it certainly shows that diversity is important.

  6. I often hear my wife exclaim: “this must have been designed by a man”.

  7. Also, look at Rush Limbaugh. That guy is a throwback to a distant age when it comes to women. The Sandra Fluke diatribe, which was disgusting on so many levels, was no fluke for Rush. He routinely lumps women into a category and attributes to them all the negative misogynistic stereotypes he can fit into his on air time. And his 20 million conservative listeners don’t seem to mind, in fact I’m sure a good deal of them tune into him just to hear it. And he’s not alone on this when it comes to very popular conservative voices that have large audiences.

  8. And here I felt guilty watching Bill Maher and occasionally Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart.

  9. Dduck you really feel Stewart and even Maher are anywhere near the level of Rush in terms of spreading misinformation? I don’t watch Maher so I don’t have an informed opinion on him, but then again neither do most people.

  10. Nope.

  11. So, is it that the men in the GOP are keeping women from advancing in the party, or that there may be fewer conservative women to choose from because they are more comfortable making the choice not to work, or to not pursue a high level career in order to raise a family. It is not always because the man won’t share equally that the woman decides to take on more of the child raising duties at the expense of her career. It is because she finds child raising an equally if not far more rewarding pursuit. Just a thought.

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