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Opinion: Unfriendly to women? Not my GOP
Kay Bailey Hutchison says she's a Republican because she believes the best opportunities for all come from a thriving economy.
August 27th, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Opinion: Unfriendly to women? Not my GOP

Editor's note: Kay Bailey Hutchison is a Republican senator from Texas.

By Kay Bailey Hutchison, Special to CNN

(CNN) - In the run-up to the party conventions, new attention has been focused on women's issues in the political sphere. It has been accompanied by claims that the Republican Party is somehow unfriendly to women - which will be a surprise to the thousands of women attending the convention in Tampa, Florida.

The assertion is baseless. Having served 19 years in the Senate, and as a lifelong Republican, I have some perspective.

Much of the recent debate has focused on a narrow slice of what constitutes women's issues and how gender should direct women's views. But this is overly simplistic.

Women make up half of the most diverse country in the world. We are represented ethnically, socially, racially, economically, religiously and ideologically across the spectrum. To say that there is a set of concerns that can be labeled "women's issues" is absolutely true. To assume that we all feel the same way about them - or that we must feel the same way about them to represent our gender legitimately - is inherently sexist.

My experiences as a woman certainly inform my perspective, but they do not wholly define my political views. I am also guided by the values my family instilled and the educational opportunities I had growing up.

That we employ different methods and points of view does not mean that one or the other party is the natural place for women.

Read Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's full column

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  1. Epacific

    When a a six-term republican congressman talks about "legitimate rape," the GOP can hardly be called friendly to women! While Romney's campaign is trying to distance itself from Akin's remarks, the fact of the matter is that the VP pick, Paul Ryan is in complete agreement with him! Despite his backpedaling now, Ryan and Akin partnered to co-sponsor a bill which introduced the category of "forcible rape". Wait, isn't all rape forced? Not according to Ryan & Akin. Friendly to women indeed!

    August 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alverant

    If you're against the freedom of women to choose abortion, you are unfriendly to women.
    If you're against women getting the insurance they are paying for because their employer doesn't like it, you are unfriendly to women.
    If you're against women being paid equal to men for equal work, you are unfriendly to women.

    Actions speak louder than words and their actions tell us the GOP is fundamentally unfriendly to women.

    August 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MaryM

    Shame on you Kay Bailey Hutchison, the GOP platform and members of the repub party want a women or even a teenage child to carry their rapist demon seed and give birth to it. YOU, Kay Bailey Hutchison are a disgrase to women all over the world.

    August 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |