The Hill Prepares for Female Influx


Politico: “A record 102 women were elected in the midterms, a total that includes several moms with young children. The influx is forcing lawmakers to reassess policies to make Capitol Hill more female- and parent-friendly. Renovations are already underway to install nursing stations around the Capitol. And there’s talk among Democratic women about how to best arrange the congressional schedule so that parents can video chat with their kids over dinner, help them with their school work and make it home three days a week.”

Ivanka Trump Gives Full-Throated Defense of Father’s Maternity Plan — NOT!

Cosmopolitian: OK, I just wanted to make sure I understood. In 2004, Donald Trump said that pregnancy is an inconvenient thing for a business. It’s surprising to see this policy from him today. Can you talk a little bit about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?

Ivanka Trump: So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues. So I don’t know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this if you’re going to make a comment like that.

— Ivanka Trump, not talking to Cosmopolitan about her father’s new childcare and maternity leave policy.

House Member Says Democrats Using Women’s Issues as ‘Pawns’

Many ladies I know feel like they are being used as pawns, and find it condescending [that] Democrats are trying to use this issue as a political distraction from the failures of their economic policy.

— Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), saying Democrats’ push for pay equity between men and women is “condescending,” the Huffington Post reports.