‘Working For Women’ Award Controversially Granted To VP Mike Pence

In honor of Women’s History Month, Vice President Mike Pence has been awarded the “Working for Women” award, by The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF).

The conservative group has chosen the vice president as a recipient for recognition as a politician that,

“Values free markets, works to create a more dynamic and innovative work world, and celebrates the valuable contributions women make to society,” said IWF communications VP, Victoria Coley.

IWF’s list of Pence’s accomplishments can be found here.

Pence is no stranger to making decisions that negatively affect women’s rights and health. Last year at the March For Life, Pence signed a bill that bans abortions in Indiana, regardless of genetic fetal defects.

In a discussion with USA TODAY, executive director of Women Employed, Anne Ladky, discerned the organization’s award decision:

“IWF has long been an organization that women on the far right belong to or respond to. They’re not really interested in how public policy can help women advance to greater economic stability and security. So their agenda is deregulation and low taxes and a lot of traditional Republican ideas. So the idea Mike Pence getting an award from them is not surprising.”

The Washington Post has quoted Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the IWF. Schaeffer has announced that the IWF doesn’t focus on abortion issues, but rather economic concerns.

The document released mentions the vice president’s stance on tax reform, economic growth, eliminated fees, educational opportunities and protected veterans,  but fails to address women’s health.

People and news outlets unhappy with the decision criticized the award on Twitter:

Pence was due to receive his award later on Wednesday in the Capitol Hill Club in D.C., but was unable to attend the ceremony.

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