Republican women are trying to get their party to care about the growing gender divide in their party, but their efforts aren’t looking great.
According to a Washington Post report, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) warned the number of women in the GOP has reached a “crisis level.”
“Women are a majority of voters in our country, and the GOP must do more to ensure our conference represents their views,” she said noting she intends to help GOP women win primaries for 2020.
An astounding 40 Republicans lost their seats in 2018 leaving the GOP older, whiter and more male. It’s a representation that now matches the Republican voters for 2018. A staggering 63 percent of white women voted for President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, but that number has slowly declined. White women narrowly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 (53 percent), but that number dropped again to 50 percent, according to preliminary numbers.
The Speaker of the House is about to be the second time the first female Speaker in history led the U.S. House of Representatives. A total of 36 women just joined the Democratic caucus and women, and people of color will chair key committees. If Republicans keep their existing leadership, merely moving committee chairs to ranking members, they will have two women leading a committee. The GOP leadership has one woman in their ranks.
Exit polls reveal the gender gap was a whopping 12 percent in the midterms, as women favored Democrats. “The last time women voted for Democrats by anywhere near that margin was 1982 when the gap was 17 percentage points,” the Post reported.
Meanwhile, Republicans seem to be unwilling to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. According to a RollCall report, the GOP gave a small extension to the bill so that it would cease Dec. 21, along with the federal budget. Thus far, the GOP looks like they’re struggling to ensure the government stays open past Dec. 21. If they can’t keep over 580,000 Americans on the job days before the Christmas holiday, it’s unclear if they can protect women, families and children from violence.
“This is something we’ve got to come to grips with,” former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) told the Post about the gender gap.