August 26, 2020 - RNC Marks 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment, Features Women Speakers

On the third night of the Republican National Convention, the program celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, crediting the Republican Party for its role in its passage and ratification. Night three also features multiple women speakers touting Trump’s record for women, including high-level women staffers in both his administration and the Trump organization sharing the opportunities that Trump has provided them. Other prominent women speakers include Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD), U.S> Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY). In addition to other themes, this night appears to rebut claims of Trump and/or the Republican Party as sexist. Men and women speakers on multiple nights tout pro-life positions and Trump’s hard stance against abortion. Night two speaker Abby Johnson – a pro-life advocate – earns media coverage for previous comments she made about husbands getting the “final say” on wives’ votes. She tweeted that if a husband and wife disagreed in vote choice, “In a godly household, the husband would get the final say.” Critics point out the contrast between this message and the women’s rights tone presented on night three of the RNC.