Kasich: “Many Women… Left Their Kitchens” To Campaign For Him
COLUMBUS — One day after he signed legislation attacking women’s health care, Gov. John Kasich today displayed a “Mad Men”-era view of women when he told a crowd in Virginia that “many women… left their kitchens to go out and go door to door” for his campaign.
“When you look at John Kasich’s record of attacking women’s health care and opposing equality for women, it’s not surprising to hear him say things that come straight out of the 1950s,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “Women represent 47 percent of the American workforce, but Kasich seems blissfully unaware. Today’s statement is the latest evidence of this fact — John Kasich is no moderate.”
In the past Kasich has displayed a penchant for denigrating the role of women. For example, in 2012 Kasich remarked of political spouses, “They’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause.” In October 2015, Kasich told a told a co-ed, “I’m sure you get invited to all of the parties.”
However, it’s not just Kasich’s comments that are dangerously retrograde — his policies are harmful to women, as well.
While in Congress, Kasich voted against the Equal Rights Amendment.
While in Congress, Kasich voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act.
During his tenure as governor, Ohio has passed 17 restrictions on women’s health care.