A Republican "War on Women"? I Don't Think So!

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the College Republican National Committee’s 61st Biennial National Convention in Washington DC. Not only did I have the opportunity to hear prominent political figures such as Rand Paul, Elise Stefanik, Grover Norquist, and Tom Price, but I also was able to meet other College Republicans from across the nation.

However, what I found most interesting about this convention was the presence of not just inspiring political figures, but inspiring women. One of the very first speakers of the convention was presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. In her limited speaking time, there was no uneasiness in her voice as she stated that it was time to bring the conversation of feminism to the Right. It was thrilling, and yet shocking to witness such a powerful women embrace the Republican Party. Carly Fiorina was then followed by Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman to ever be elected to the US Congress. Both were followed the next day by Dana Perrino, who is best known as George W. Bush’s White House Press Secretary. After being fed countless stereotypes about the supposed Republican “war on women” by many Berkeley students, it was refreshing to see such inspirational and powerful women in the Republican Party.

In the Cal-in-Sacramento program, I am also surrounded by powerful women. Not only do I intern for Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, but our entire Capitol Office staff from the Chief of Staff to the Scheduler is entirely composed of women. These women are very intelligent and hardworking, and to my knowledge, we have never had any problems with men in the Republican Party.

On a more personal level, being involved with the Republican Party, and more specifically, College Republicans, has done nothing but empower me as a young woman. My involvement has taught me to be a strong, independent thinker, and for that I am thankful. With my first three weeks of my internship almost complete, I find myself asking, where is this supposed “war on women” in the Republican Party?

Kerida Moates is a UC Berkeley junior studying political science. She is interning in the office of Assemblymember Catherine Baker as a Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow.