Sessions and DeVos Threaten Decades of Progress for Women and Girls
This week, President Trump’s nominees for Attorney General (Jeff Sessions) and Secretary of Education (Betsy DeVos) cleared their Senate Committee votes and their nominations will now head to the full Senate floor for a confirmation vote. Both nominees’ stated beliefs and intentions pose a danger to women, working families, and girls.
Senator Jeff Sessions’ 30-year record has demonstrated a failure to defend civil rights or women’s rights. He opposed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, has voted to defund Planned Parenthood, was deemed too racist to become a judge in the 1980s, and would not state that President Trump’s comments about women described sexual assault.
Betsy DeVos, a billionaire with no experience managing schools or in education policy, poses a threat to Title IX, the federal law that guarantees girls’ right to a safe and equal education. During her confirmation hearing, DeVos would not commit to upholding federal standards for colleges’ investigations into sexual violence on campus.
“The nominations of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education pose a real and serious threat to decades of progress made to ensure equal opportunities for women and girls across the country,” said Executive Director Noreen Farrell. “I urge Senators to stand up for women and girls and vote ‘no’ on both Sessions and DeVos when their nominations come to a vote.”