Eddie Edwards’ Message to Girls: You Can’t be Celebrated
VIDEO: Edwards says empowering girls is a problem because it diminishes boys
Concord, N.H. - Last March of 2017, Republican 1st Congressional District candidate Eddie Edwards made a outlandish statement on Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s efforts to empower young women in her role as the first woman from New Hampshire ever elected to federal office. He claimed that empowering young women is problematic because it “diminish[es] little boys.”
At the time of the interview, the Me Too movement had just begun with many women speaking out for the first time about discrimination and sexual assault. Women still face legal and societal injustices that need to be addressed on a federal level. Women still earn 79 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men. Women’s reproductive rights are being squeezed and stripped away by our federal government. Edwards has yet to lead on any of these issues: He has neglected to condemn President Trump for the many sexual assault allegations he faces, he has been silent on equal pay for equal work, and he opposes a woman’s right to choose even in the case of rape or incest.
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:
“Edwards’ out-of-touch perspective is harmful and it has no place in our political discussion, especially in light of the present political climate and the progress we’ve made. We need to send people to Washington who will stand up for women. New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to elect an all-women Congressional delegation. We know that lifting women up is in no way a disservice to men, but instead gives everyone the opportunity to succeed regardless of gender. Now more than ever, it’s important to elect Representatives who will fight for, defend, and empower women and continue the great progress we’ve made. That’s why voters are so eager to elect Chris Pappas on November 6.”