WASHINGTON, DC – At a virtual event hosted by Winning For Women PAC last Friday, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Senator Joni Ernst (IA), Rep. Stephanie Bice (OK-05), Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA-01) and Rep. Nancy Mace (SC-01) discussed the need to safely reopen schools. Read more about the event here.
Townhall: GOP Congresswomen Get Candid on How Shuttered Schools Have Affected Their Children
A group of female conservative lawmakers recently convened to discuss how the pandemic has affected their children’s education and mental health, as well as their own. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel moderated the conversation, which was hosted and organized by Winning For Women PAC.
Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK) got candid about how the decision to shutter schools has affected her family. Her oldest daughter came home from college for spring break and never went back, meaning that for the teenager it was 5 months at home with her parents. When she went back to school, most of the classes were still virtual, which was less-than-helpful for her major.
“She’s an engineering major, doing mechanical and aerospace,” Rep. Bice explained. “These are collaboration classes where students should be working together.”
At one point the congresswoman said her daughter called her and said she needed to talk to someone. The problem was, when they called the campus counseling services, they found it was a 2-month wait to get an appointment.
“I think the universities are even overwhelmed in trying to help students work through this challenging time,” she noted.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) explained the “emotional toll” the pandemic has placed on her and her kids too.
“My kids think my work is more important than them now because before when they were in school, they didn’t see me work all day…But now you can’t give them, as parents, attention all day…They feel like they play second fiddle,” Mace said.
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