Congressional Democrats make fun of Republicans for being terrible at connecting with women

A derisive memo from female members of Congress highlights the GOP's ongoing "woman problem"

Published January 10, 2014 9:38PM (EST)

Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan                                            (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Ed Reinke)
Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Ed Reinke)

One way not to connect with young women voters is to kick off the new year with a measure that would saddle them with a financial penalty if they want to have insurance coverage for abortion care.

A group of Democratic congresswomen on Friday wrote a memo to members of the GOP to tell them as much. It's a dead-on indictment of the Republican agenda, delivered with the perfect amount of derision to keep things interesting.

The memo was written by Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.; Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.; Nita Lowey D-N.Y.; Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; and Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

Excerpt via Laura Bassett at the Huffington Post:

"We know you are receptive to memos and have expressed an interest in learning about how to better communicate with women on the issues important to them," the memo begins, linking to applicable articles. "To that end, this memo is in the spirit of moving past partisan politics and working together to ensure America’s women and their families have the economic security and opportunities they need to succeed." [...]

"The constant debates and squabbling the witness decried are a result of Republicans refusing to take action on real legislation to help American women," the congresswomen wrote in the memo on Friday. "The time has come to stop wasting taxpayers’ time and dollars waging attacks on women’s constitutionally protected right to make informed health care decisions about their own bodies with their own doctors and work on an 'actual legislative agenda for women’s actual needs.'"

More here.



By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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