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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