AFSCME Council 18

Joint Statement on NM GOP Leadership Misogynistic Comments /// AFSCME Council 18 Women’s Committee and AFSCME NM Retirees

It is right that Bernalillo County Republican Committee Executive Director Steve Kush lose his job for calling a labor advocate, 'A Radical B*tch' and worse during an April 23 Bernalillo County Commission meeting.

Women are fed up with hearing these ugly comments only to see their cohorts and the media offer a slap on the hand, and dismiss their tirades as social media slip ups.

Historically, even before the phrase ‘glass ceiling’ was coined, Union women like ourselves fought hard to push against it. We’ve never enjoyed the luxury of speaking irresponsibly and with a cavalier attitude toward our male counterparts as we were working twice as hard for half the wages and are still fighting for equal pay. Judging eyes of the world are always upon professional women and our daughters carefully watching as we blaze trails.

Days like these are hard to weather, reflecting on how far we have come as women and as a society only to realize that many haven’t evolved in their thinking and continue to define us within the restricting confines of antiquated gender stereotypes.

It is no excuse that the comments came via Twitter, or Facebook, nor that they had a bad day, or were exhausted and “did a stupid thing.” Mr Kush could not “cross the line” by publicly airing his miscreant rants, because sadly, like many others, his mind already lives there.

These leaders of the GOP should have to stand before their mothers and lay themselves bare.

Barbara Pardo, President
AFSCME Council 18 Retirees

Connie Derr, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 18

Cathy Townes, President and Chair
AFSCME Local 477, & AFSCME 18 Women’s Committee

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