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.
“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 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:
File under: You have GOT to be kidding me
Mike Pence will receive a "Working for Women" award at an event celebrating women's history month pic.twitter.com/RzZiPqHnqQ
— Maggie Jordan: (@MaggieJordanACN) March 23, 2017
— Mic (@mic) March 18, 2017
Mike Pence will receive a "Working for Women" award to celebrate Women's History Month, so yes, they're just giving them away to anyone
— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) March 19, 2017
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.