DNC Chair: Electing Women to Congress Matters Only If They're Liberal Women Who Ensure Access to Birth Control

Eric Scheiner | July 18, 2012 | 3:28pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), told a gathering at the ‘Women 2020’ event that’s it not enough to celebrate that a woman is elected to Congress, but the focus should be on a woman lawmaker who works for “ensuring access to birth control.”

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The National Journal held the “Women 2020: How Women are Reshaping the Economy, Politics and the World” event in Washington on Wednesday.

Wasserman Schultz was among the panelists discussing the advances women have made in Congress over the years, and the increasing number of female lawmakers being elected to office.

The DNC chair stressed that just being a woman wasn’t enough: “I think we have to be cautious about who is, you know, just celebrating that a woman got elected to a particular office and make sure that we have women who are running and winning who are going to champion the causes of women -- who are going to make the agenda that is important to women like equal pay for equal work and making sure that when it comes to fighting for middle class families and ensuring access to birth control and making sure that health care is a priority and that it’s affordable, making sure that access to education and higher education is a priority.”

Wasserman continued, “So, electing just any woman shouldn’t be the goal. Electing a woman who is going to make the issues important to women and families is really should be the focus and I don’t know if we made as much progress on that as we should.”

According to the Congressional Research Service, 92 women serve in the 112th Congress, 75 in the House and 17 in the Senate. There are 24 Republican women currently serving in the House in the 112th Congress, there were only 17 Republican female lawmakers serving in the House in the 111th Congress.

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