Six female Republican US senators are running for reelection this year, four of them facing tough, competitive races (West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito and Mississippi’s Cindy Hyde-Smith face Democratic challengers but are widely expected to win their races).
Feminists want more women in office because women are more than half of the population, and minority rule is undemocratic and unfair. But feminists want feminists in office: Women and men who will push policies to level the playing field for women and people of color.
Many conservative women in politics want it both ways. They want to enjoy feminist gains while working for a party that actively tries to thwart the ability of other women to see similar successes and pursue their own ambitions. To succeed, these Republican women have to make impossible deals in the pursuit of power. They can’t be surprised — or expect pity — when the deal falls apart.