For Immediate Release:                                                                Contact: Kate Pomeroy
January 12, 2007                                                                             202-631-6704 or [email protected]

The Independent Women’s Forum Calls on Senator Barbara Boxer to Issue an Apology to Secretary Rice and Single, Childless Women Everywhere

(Washington, DC)– Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) levied a thinly disguised insult to Secretary Rice yesterday as Rice appeared before the Senate to defend the President’s new plan for Iraq.

“Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price,” Boxer said. “My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young.”

Then, to Rice: “You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.”

Even though Condoleezza Rice is a seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an advisor to two presidents, does Senator Boxer believe that Secretary Rice is not qualified to make high level decisions because she is a single, childless woman?

“The statements of Senator Barbara Boxer toward Secretary Condoleezza Rice demonstrate the utter hypocrisy of a democratic party which time and time again holds itself to be the party that represents all of America– African Americans, Hispanics, the middle class, the poor, married women, single women etc.” said Michelle D. Bernard, President & CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum.

“What Senator Boxer has so aptly shown us is that the Democratic Party is the party of some, not all. I would submit as a descendant of the slave labor upon which this nation was built, Secretary Rice, is keenly aware of the price we as a nation pay for freedom and democracy at home and abroad” said Bernard.

The Independent Women’s Forum calls on Senator Barbara Boxer to issue an apology to Secretary Rice and single, childless women everywhere.

To schedule an interview with Michelle Bernard, Carrie Lukas, Charlotte Hays or Allison Kasic, please call Kate Pomeroy at 202-631-6704 or [email protected]