There are a record number of women running for political offices this year and it should be noted that Iowa’s federal delegation is balanced when it comes to elected officials in federal seats.
While we celebrate the need for diversity, what’s concerning is that the Republican women running do not vote differently on the issues than their male counterparts.
Take state Rep. Ashley Hinson for example. She voted against funding for sex education and birth control, both factors in lowering teen pregnancies and abortions. She voted against workers’ rights and gutted collective bargaining in a state where 74 percent of teachers are women. She has supported some of Iowa’s most extreme and partisan legislation that impacted women’s health care.
Sen. Joni Ernst held up reinstating the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because of her ties to the NRA, which favored keeping guns in the hands of abusers rather than closing the boyfriend loophole to protect women. Ernst also voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh despite allegations of his sexual misconduct.
Are women voters somehow supposed to look at Ernst, who is voting to take away our health care, deem it acceptable because she is a woman? Hinson supports some of Iowa’s most extreme and partisan legislation, should women deem it acceptable because she is a woman?
Both of these women have failed to uplift the voices of the women in their votes.