Written by Denise Feriozzi, Director of EMILYís Listís WOMEN VOTE! Project
The Republican War on Women is starting to backfire.
Ground Zero for this fight is Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker was elected to office on a promise to create jobs in the state. In the ultimate bait-and-switch, Walker passed a radical anti-woman, anti-family, anti-worker agenda. His attacks on public employees hit women the hardest as professions like nurses (95 percent women) and elementary school teachers (90 percent women) were among his targets.
Tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens took to the streets in protest of the Republican Governor’s right-wing policies, and after they passed, women started fighting back, beginning with the five pro-choice Democratic women who are running against Walker’s allies in the state senate. If they are successful, they will change history by switching control of the state senate from Republicans to Democrats and putting the brakes on the GOP’s anti-women policies.
EMILY’s List members, fed up with the War on Women, wanted to make sure we were deeply involved in this fight in Wisconsin. So EMILY’s List is playing a critical role in these campaigns, raising money, speaking directly with voters and working with other local and national progressive groups to do† whatever it takes to help these five pro-choice Democratic women — Shelly Moore, Jessica King, Jennifer Shilling, Nancy Nusbaum and Sandy Pasch — win back the Senate for Democrats and shut down Walker’s agenda.
That agenda was cooked up in back rooms and golf courses around the country, with people like Karl Rove and the Koch brothers hatching extreme policies that line their pockets at the expense of American women and their families. These right wing politicians and activists, funded by wealthy corporate interests, are against giving us health care. They’re against funding our education. They’re against job-creating stimulus and for endless tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
But women across the country know what is on the line. Women in Florida, Ohio, and all over the country are seeing radical conservatives push an agenda that takes their rights away, but in Wisconsin, we have the opportunity to take a stand and send a powerful message that women will not stand by when our rights are at stake. We will work together, fight to end the War on Women, and take our government back!
EMILY’s List is using our substantial history in Wisconsin helping to elect powerful women voices to make the difference in these races. Our members have given generously to ensure that our Wisconsin WOMEN VOTE! Project is a powerful advocate. We are up on the air with ads and are planning a serious get-out-the-vote program based on a simple principle: When women voters hear from other women, they vote for women candidates.
Around the country, hundreds of Team EMILY volunteers joined us for a night of calls into Wisconsin last night, where they urged voters to support these fabulous pro-choice women and deliver a serious blow to the Republican War on Women. I urge you to join Team EMILY and sign up today to be a part of our future call-in nights.
EMILY’s List is dedicated to electing progressive, pro-choice women who share our values to public office. I hope that you will visit EMILYsList.org, sign up to stay in touch with us, and get involved through 2012 and beyond.
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