RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day Remarks Excerpts From Women’s Campaign School at Yale University
RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day
Women’s Campaign School at Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
June 12, 2013
Remarks Excerpts As Prepared For Delivery
“The best way for women to be better represented in America is to have more women representatives—from the town council, to the Governor’s Mansion, to the Senate floor, to the White House. That’s why I applaud all of you today. Party politics aside, I like seeing more women involved. We want more women in the political process. More importantly, we need them…we need their voices—whether in elective office or as activists…
“We’re the majority of voters, but we’re not the majority of candidates—and certainly not even close to the majority of office holders. That’s true in both parties. But we’re working and you’re working to change that.
“As I visit with women all across the country I remind them that we are not a coalition to be dealt with or a group to be ‘out reached’ to. We are 53 percent of the voters, and what we need is more seats at the table to have our voices and our solutions heard.
“In the Republican Party and at the RNC, we’re dedicated to getting more women in the political process. That means real work and real investment.
“Getting more women into politics doesn’t mean putting pink elephants on websites or patriotic stilettos on posters. It means training and resources and recruitment. It means making sure more women serve in leadership positions in both parties. It means making sure as women we are there to mentor and to help other women that choose to run for elected office with both our encouragement and our tangible support…
“I’ve been quite up front about what my party needs to do. But some of these are bipartisan sins. The belief that women vote only on some narrow set of issues is found on both sides of the aisle. And until more women sit on both sides of the aisle, it may very well continue to be that way.
“Probably like many of you in this room, I have been asked where I stand on the issues that concern women and my response is always the same: Do you mean where do I stand on the issue of every individual having the opportunity for a good job? Or where do I stand on a deficit that is strangling our nation? Or where do I stand on national security? Or where do I stand on providing the best education possible for every child no matter where they live or their economic situation, and the ability for every parent to have a choice to take their child out of a failing school? … I don’t have to tell you these are all women’s issues. And they are men’s issues too!…”