Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
RNC "Taking Back the Future" Women's Summit
July 11, 2014
Remarks Excerpts As Prepared For Delivery
"I believe there is one party that respects women and empowers them as adults, honors them as mothers, and applauds their achievements in the workplace. And that is the Republican Party. Of course the Democrats say we have a war on women. The truth is there is a war for women. In 2010, Republicans won the woman’s vote for the first time since Ronald Reagan – and swept in to a Majority in the House. In 2012, Democrats won the woman’s vote, and they kept the White House and the Senate. So this year, they are desperate to win the women’s vote again. That’s why Democrats are using scare tactics aimed at women...
The simple fact is that President Obama’s “hope and change” means a government that tells us how to live not one that gives you control of your life. As Republican women, we should be proud to reject his so-called progressive agenda that wants to nudge us into behaving a certain way, and attack us if we don’t. While Democrats are trying to demonize us, House Republicans are working on solutions to actually address the challenges facing women today...Our goal is to craft solutions that empower women, not make their lives harder with unprecedented spending, higher taxes, and fewer jobs. Because Republican principles offer the best for everyone: for men and women; for our daughters and our sons, stay-at-home parents and those with careers; and whether you’re married or not...
The number-one challenge women ask about is time: how will I have the time to serve my community, advance my career, take care of my children and family AND serve in Congress? I tell them that it can be done. It takes a great support system and a lot of work, but Members of Congress are not the only working women who have to find a way to balance all the different responsibilities. One of the initiatives you will learn about today - and one that I am especially proud of -- is an exciting women's political initiative called "Fourteen in Fourteen." The program is about mobilizing volunteers to commit 30 minutes a week during the 14 weeks leading up to the November election. Volunteers will engage women in 25 key counties with high numbers of independent and "swing" women voters. "Fourteen in Fourteen" will train volunteers to recruit other women, identify voters, support other get-out-the-vote efforts, and be Republican messengers in their communities. We can’t depend on anyone else. The future is in our hands. There’s no other way to get the conservative change we need in this country."