It’s been another BIG week for conservative women! From the stage to Congress to Twitter, let’s break down the wins that Republican women had this week.
Sen. McSally, Rep. Stefanik, and Former DHS Sec. Nielsen Speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit
Fortune hosted their Most Powerful Women Summit this week in Washington D.C. and the deck was stacked with high-profile women. The all-star line-up included Fortune 500 CEOs, COOs, senior executives, and leaders in government, arts, and education — all of them women. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) took her time slot to discuss her experiences in the Air Force; everything from discrimination as she climbed the ladder to coming forward about her sexual assault. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) shared the stage with Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) to discuss bipartisanship in a time of divisive rhetoric. Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended her decisions about border security and family separation, but did express regret on the way things like the length of reunification were handled. Her appearance did not come without controversy — at least three speakers, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, dropped out of the conference and cited her participation as the reason.
Dana Perino Featured on Ben Shapiro’s Sunday Show
Dana Perino, anchor of “The Briefing” on Fox News and co-host of “The Five”, was interviewed by Ben Shapiro last week as part of his show’s Sunday Special. The episode aired on Sunday. Perino and Shapiro discussed a wide variety of topics, from her service in Bush 43’s administration to her thoughts on the 2020 elections from both sides. You can watch the episode here.
EPAC Announces First Round of Endorsements
Representative Elise Stefanik’s Elevate PAC, or EPAC, announced its first round of primary endorsements for the 2020 cycle. Eleven women from across the country met the requirements for endorsements and more made the watch list for future rounds. You can read FFL’s coverage of the announcement here.
Rep. Miller Secures $3.1 Million To Address Violence Against Women
Representative Carol Miller (R-WV) announced this week that the Department of Justice has awarded West Virginia four grants totaling over $3.1 million. These grants will go to various organizations dedicated to fighting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in both her district (WV-03) and across West Virginia.
Six GOP Senators Team Up to Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Mass Shootings
On Wednesday, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced S. 2690, Restoring, Enhancing, Strengthening, and Promoting Our Nation’s Safety Efforts (RESPONSE) Act. The bill was cosponsored by Sens. Capito (R-WV), Ernst (R-IA), McSally (R-AZ), Tillis (R-NC), and Scott (R-SC). According to Capito’s press release, the bill will give new tools to law enforcement, expand resources for mental health treatment, and bolster school safety measures. All of the senators expressed their heartbreak over mass shootings and called on the Senate to pass their bill.
Sen. McSally Announces New Book
Not many details are available about the book, but Senator Martha McSally will be publishing a book about her life that is due in May 2020. Dare to Fly will take readers through her military service and how she overcame roadblocks along the way.
Bonus Nods, Twitter Edition:
Team Trump Celebrates Female Team Members
Marie Clare published an article this week highlighting women in senior staff positions on presidential campaigns, and to no one’s surprise, they left out conservative women. Erin Perrine, Team Trump’s Deputy Communications Director, highlighted the omission:
Another outlet talking about women in senior staff roles on presidential campaigns and ignoring @TeamTrump.
I’m sure including the women of @TeamTrump would have been too much trouble for you but NO ONE can ignore this team 💪🏻
— Erin Perrine (@ErinMPerrine) October 24, 2019
Secretary of Education DeVos Congratulates AOC on Her Support of School Choice
At a Bernie Sanders rally earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) spoke about how her parents moved from the Bronx to Westchester, NY in order for her to have a better education. Intending the story to reflect on the need to support underperforming public schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tweeted that she was happy that AOC supports school choice and education freedom.
— Secretary Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) October 20, 2019