Agenda setting

Women2Women tour aims to engage Republican women

Sarah Chamberlain, president of the Republican Main Street Partnership, in Washington, Dec. 21, 2015. (Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

“It is just a roomful of women. Men either have to sit in the very back row or we ask them to leave. Women talk very differently when there are no men in the room. And when you tell the men they have to go sit along the wall, women just love that.”

That’s how Sarah Chamberlin, 44, describes the meetings she and her organization, Republican Main Street Partnership, have held around the country in an effort to engage Republican women. She’s president of the advocacy group, which consists of 70 members of the House and Senate, according to the New York Times. The group engages with United States Republican women about female veterans’ issues, national security, workplace flexibility, mental health treatment, substance abuse, and human trafficking, as well as the issues perceived as traditional women’s issues, like wage equality and Planned Parenthood.

In early January, the partnership will release a policy agenda based on what the group heard during its Women2Women tour. “We can’t save the Republican Party,” Chamberlain said. “But maybe we can do our little bit to get the message out there that there is a section of the party that really does care about the issues women care about.”

Read the full story at The New York Times

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