Missouri Republicans Fight To Stop Women From Entering Politics

As more politicians continue to promote anti-women policies both locally and nationally, one suggestion that has been made to combat their efforts is a simple one — get more women elected to politics.  Women legislators are the best ones to know how these oppressive policies will really effect women in the real world, and would be the most likely to fight against them being made law.

Unfortunately, Missouri has caught on.  To nip that problem in the bud, the state legislature has a simple solution.  Cut off access to programs that can help women get into government.

According to the Kansas City Star, “The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at shutting down an institute that trains women for roles in government and politics. The measure, approved Monday night by a 93-59 vote, targets the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.”

So why is the legislature intent on killing the program?  Because it “churns out liberal trainees for Democrats,” claims local Republicans.

But is the claim true? Not at all, says the Institute, which has passionately responded with “disappointment” to the legislative action on their own website. “Especially disappointing is the fact that among those championing the effort to dismantle the Institute are women who have benefited from Sue Shear Institute programs, or have supported the Institute as donors or faculty members for Institute programs, including the 21st Century Leadership Academy.

The Institute itself is nonpartisan, of course, and is dedicated to helping women get into politics and government.  Now, if the women candidates that come out of the training program all seem to be Democrats, perhaps that is less a sign of a problem with the Institute, and more of a sign of problems with the Republican party’s anti-woman platform.

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135 comments

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

They know of no sense...

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

They know of no sense...

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

They know of no sense...

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

They know of no sense...

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

They know of no sense...

Rebecca Mesa
Rebecca Mesa4 years ago

"Effective Indifference" would be just not giving a rat's butt -- not doing anything to make things better.......or worse. "Oppression" would be an ACT. In the above case, it's definitely oppression because action (in this case, legislation) is being taken to suppress the rights of another.

Howard Evans
Howard Evans4 years ago

Stephen, it's amazing how many university professors teach things that couldn't possibly be true because they don't jive with your beliefs. Certainly your preconceptions are beyond doubt.

Beverly G.
beverly. g.4 years ago

SEXIST . we are all human on this earth whether we man or woman. We woman have rights too.

Ken W.
Ken W.4 years ago

This is bull its the gop men that got us into this mess with a little help from sum low life Dems !

Stephen Brian
Stephen Brian4 years ago

Hi Bob,

Part of the problem is that being "educated" is not necessarily the same as being "informed". It depends upon the quality of the education. A lot of conservatives believe that a lot of college-level programs do not belong in an academic institution. Having gone through "political science" (as a minor), seen how poorly informed a lot of professors are, and read the syllabus of a Women's Studies capstone-course, I am inclined to agree: The grading criteria have less to do with how well-informed one is and more to do with one's ability to express agreement with the professors' biases and willingness to take up activism for their favoured causes. Students can easily go through university without ever learning much about the world and, perhaps worse, believing themselves well-informed.