MORE WOMEN IN SENATE LIKELY TO RESULT IN
HIGHER TAXES, BIGGER GOVERNMENT, LESS FREEDOM
Policy More Important Than Gender Based Stereotypes
Schaeffer: "While a lot is being made about the record number of women joining the Senate, the reality is the majority of these women are Democrats – 16 of the 20 – and as a result we are likely to see higher taxes, bigger government, and less freedom."
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today the 113th Congress is sworn in and the U.S. Senate welcomes a historic number of female senators into office. Some are suggesting that more women in leadership will produce a less buckled political field between parties. Independent Women's Forum executive director and co-author of "Liberty is No War on Women" Sabrina Schaeffer released the following statement:
Women and men are different, approach problems differently, and bring different talents to the table. Still, I’m far less concerned with increasing the number of women in power than in increasing the number of lawmakers – men and women – who believe in economic liberty and understand how progressive policies fail women and their families.
While a lot is being made about the record number of women joining the Senate, the reality is the majority of these women are Democrats – 16 of the 20 – and as a result we are likely to see higher taxes, bigger government, and less freedom.
What’s especially interesting is that in 2010 – the “Year of the Republican Woman” when 145 Republican women ran for offices in the Senate and the House – there was very little talk about how women shattered the glass ceiling or about what kind of difference more women would have on negotiations, compromise, and legislating on Capitol Hill.
These women are to be congratulated for their accomplishments; but in the end one’s political values are far more important than one’s gender.
Independent Women's Forum is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever expand government in the name of protecting women.