For Immediate Release
Boehner's Boys: The "Mad Men" of GOP Leadership Would Turn Back The Clock For Women
Today, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock announces the re-launch of Boehner's America, an initiative to hold Speaker-elect John Boehner and the GOP boy's club accountable for their lack of female representation on the House Leadership team -- and the implications for women and their families.
"The GOP may be pleased as punch about their new 'Boy's Club' leadership team, but Boehner's good ol' boys are up to no good when it comes to representing women," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "For those of us who care about equal representation, it's just a sad throw-back to a time we thought we'd left behind. We need leadership that gives voice to everyone; and so today EMILY's List re-launches Boehner's America to tell John Boehner and his cronies not to turn back the clock for America's women. Like ashtrays in offices, some retro ideas should stay in the past."
Boehner's America is an interactive website that allows women and men from across the country to voice their concern and to hold the incoming House Leadership accountable for turning back the clock on America's women.
So who belongs to Boehner's boy’s club? Top leadership posts belong to:
- Eric Cantor, who cosponsored a bill nicknamed "Stupak on Steroids."
- Kevin McCarthy, who founded the "Young Guns" program and would love to privatize Social Security.
- Jeb Hensarling, a self-proclaimed "original tea partier" and recipient of that special Boehner "wink of approval."
In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 600,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 84 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.