In the last three weeks, our lives have been upended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents are working from home, students have transitioned to online classes and have had graduations cancelled, and everyone is under various stages of stay at home orders. The 24 hour news cycle has intensified and has allowed for stories to slip through the cracks. Here are some of the news-worthy items from conservative women this week that you may have missed!

Senator McSally Calls for WHO Director to Resign

Criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus intensified after a leaked U.S. intelligence report concluded that China’s number of both cases and deaths were underreported. Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) called for the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to resign due to his organization’s “cover-up” of the virus. A spokesman for the WHO did not directly address the comments, but reiterated that the WHO expects all member organizations “to report data in a timely and accurate manner.”

48 House Republicans, Including Reps. Stefanik, Hartzler, Wagner, Walorski, Co-Sponsor Resolution Condemning Chinese Response to Coronavirus

House Resolution 907, introduced last week, “condemns the Chinese government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including China’s censorship of doctors and journalists during the early days of the outbreak and its refusal to accept assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”. Republican Representatives Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Ann Wagner (MO-02), and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) have all co-sponsored the resolution. The House will not be in session until April 20th.

More Republican Women Have Filed to Run for Office Than Ever Before

Early this week, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University released their most up-to-date summary of women running for Congress and statewide executive offices. As of the end of March, 140 Republican women have filed to run — more than ever before and before the filing deadlines in 25 states. Representative Elise Stefanik, notable for her tireless effort to support GOP women running for office, celebrated this on Twitter, noting that all the women E-PAC has endorsed have swept their primaries. 

Ivanka Trump Pens Op-Ed Spreading the Benefits of CARES Act

During her father’s administration, Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump has worked tirelessly on issues important to her, including fighting sex trafficking, empowering working women across the globe, advocating for criminal justice reform, and helping small business owners succeed. This week, she wrote a column for the Kansas City Star highlighting how small businesses and parents can take advantage of the provisions written into the CARES Act passed last week. 

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to say happy birthday to FFL’s founder, Amanda Owens! I’ve been a member of the FFL family for almost two years and I cannot believe how much I have grown since learning of the organization over four years ago. I’m sure the best birthday present for her would be to support FFL’s efforts by buying something from our store (where everything is currently buy one, get one free!).

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Jillian K