ALL women deserve representation. Recently Mike Gibbons, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, stated, “I think when (women) weren’t allowed to vote, they were probably oppressed. But it was a different culture. It’s like judging George Washington according to today’s standards.” This argument comes after he stated that his only female opponent “barely worked” (even though she has been both a lawyer and magistrate judge).
In stating these views, he dismisses barriers that women face on a regular basis today and reinforces stereotypes.
This type of language is devastating. This candidate is a top contender for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate from Ohio. And his comments highlight the disconnect between the issues Ohio’s women face and the male dominated political bodies that govern Ohio. He felt comfortable making these statements; he felt empowered. We know he would carry this perspective to the U.S. Senate with him.
Our members—republicans, democrats, independents, and those who find no clear connection to a party—understand the dire need for the women’s perspective in government. Moderate and conservative women continue to hear a narrative from members of their party that their voice is less meaningful in political spheres. That narrative is not only wrong, but incredibly harmful.
Our political system is built on a variety of viewpoints. And our organization is built around values, not around parties. Women have not had the same opportunities for representation as men. Together, we’re working to change that. We need more women with power in the room, shedding light on the issues all Ohioans face.
Emily Quick Schriver
Chief Executive Officer