This has been boiling up for a few days. A women’s convention. A keynote speaker. Pushback.
Peter Daou @peterdaou
Lots of snark and humor on the #BernieWomensHistory hashtag, but here’s a very serious assessment of his spotty record on women’s issues.
7:17 PM – 14 Oct 2017
A media release from Emily’s List
EMILY’s List Statement on Bernie Sanders’ Planned Appearance at the Women’s Convention
October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:
“This announcement sends the wrong message to women everywhere. We have reached out to the organizers of the Women’s Convention directly to share our surprise and disappointment, and to offer our help to strengthen the program. We have more women leaders in elected office than ever before, and they are forcibly leading the resistance against Trump and his allies in Congress who are intent on attacking women. EMILY’s List is proud to have supported many of those women every step of the way, and we know that there is a tidal wave of rising stars coming behind them. The choice of Senator Sanders sends the wrong message.”
“Women are already leading in the United States Senate, and this is a moment where we have the opportunity to lift them up. We have to come together as women against the dangerous agenda that Donald Trump and Republicans are pushing.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to help more women run and win at the local, state, and national levels.
Oh, I dunno, I seem to recall there are a lot of highly qualified women active in American public policy, public service, and politics these days.