In an effort to highlight the voices of Republican women in Congress, Brentwood Congressman Marsha Blackburn has helped create a group called the Women’s Policy Committee.
Democrats and critics of the GOP, however, don’t think that the panel truly addresses women’s concerns. Blackburn is the vice-chair of the group, which is only made up of female Republicans. She says the goal is to address issues that affect everyone, not just women.
“This is about putting a female perspective on the issues that concern women and men: jobs, the economy, getting Obamacare off the books.”
Blackburn says she also just wants people to know what the two dozen Republican women are doing in the House of Representatives.
The launch of the committee follows sharp criticism from Democrats over GOP stances on issues such as contraception, equal pay, and violence against women. A spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued a statement calling the group a “political stunt.”
WEB EXTRA: Democratic women in Congress also formed a committee in 2010. The Democratic Women’s Working Group focuses on issues that specifically concern women, such as fighting for equal pay, ending female discrimination in the workplace, and protecting women from domestic violence.