It’s amazing to think that Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and other female Senators launched One Million Strong For Women, a movement to push back on the assault on women’s access to preventive health care services before yesterday’s ridiculous display of male privilege in Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) contraception hearing.
In response to Issa’s hearing, and the chilly reception women received from the Chairman, several women senators including Sen. Gillibrand went to the Senate floor to make it clear this was not acceptable.
Sen. Gillibrand said:
We need more women’s voices in our decisionmaking process. We need more women at the table in government and in business. When women are at the table, they bring a very different perspective to the same problems, a different set of solutions, a different approach. And so I think at the end of the day, the outcomes are better when women’s voices are heard. But just when I thought I couldn’t be any more dumbfounded by the debate around here in terms of denying access to women’s health services, there was a hearing yesterday in the US House of Representatives on the topic of contraception and all of the witnesses were male.
You can watch it here:
Sen. Gillibrand’s consistent leadership on women’s health issues is an excellent example we all can follow until this war on women ends.
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