Extreme Legislation and Sexist Remarks by Michigan GOP Prove They’re Out-of-Touch
LANSING – While women throughout the country today celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX – the law which prevents women and girls from being discriminated against in education programs such as sports – Michigan Republicans are busy turning back the clock on women’s rights.
Last week, Michigan House Republicans passed an extreme anti-women’s health bill and banned two female Democratic lawmakers from speaking on the House floor. The caucus press secretary claimed the ban was for the women throwing “tamper tantrums.” Yesterday, GOP State Rep. Wayne Schmidt said on a radio program that the women needed “a timeout.”
“Michigan Republicans seemed to have crammed themselves into a time machine and headed back to the 1950s,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. “These extreme and sexist attacks on women can’t be tolerated. Today, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX which helped to ensure equality for women and girls in educational programs. We should be working toward protecting and advancing women’s rights, not turning back the clock.”
“Women are getting paid far less than men for the same job,” added Brewer. “Women are not being protected from sexual harassment and sexual assaults in the workplace. We should be working on these problems, not rolling back progress.”