AUGUSTA – Recently the Maine
Women’s Lobby, a left-wing non-profit that is supposed to be forbidden from
partisan election activity, sent mailers attacking several Republican Senators.
They probably didn’t realize they were opening a door for Republicans to lay
out their case for why the Republican approach to governing is best for women. But
that’s what is happening.
In an op-ed in the Bangor
Daily News, Senator Stacey Guerin took the Maine Women’s Lobby to task, saying,
“Overall, the economy under Republican leadership has allowed women to exert
their influence in ways not seen in any other state.
The “gender wage gap”, a
statistical measure often cited and sometimes twisted by left-wing policy groups
and politicians, actually improved for Maine women rate six times faster under
Governor Paul LePage and Republicans than it did under Governor Baldacci.
Senator Guerin’s op-ed lays
out the case for how Republicans have improved opportunity and prosperity for
Maine women in a number of other areas, that Senate Republicans are also
touting in graphics they are posting on social media.
From 2012 until 2017, almost
a quarter of the children in Maine that were living in poverty were lifted out.
In just one year, almost 6,400 children were lifted out of poverty. That data
is drawn from the Maine Children’s Alliance, a group that tracks child poverty
data through an annual survey.
Women in business also have
seen a boom in opportunity. From 2012 to 2018, income growth for women-owned
businesses led the nation and Forbes says access to capital for women to start
or grow businesses in Maine is second best in the nation.
Republicans are also
pointing out that nation leading overall wage growth from 2012 to 2015 also
made a big difference for Maine women, although it is not gender specific data.
There is no way for the
Maine Women’s Lobby to recall the mailers that have now been the subject of
such criticism for ignoring so many economic improvements in Maine but a scan
of their recent statements suggests they are not disputing the facts as stated.
The group has only had a little bit to say about the kerfuffle, tweeting sarcastically at the Maine Senate GOP Twitter account about how the debate “brought a little visibility” to the issue.
The Maine Women’s Lobby was co-founded by current Governor Janet Mills back in 1978.