As has been fairly heavily reported, the US Congress has finally pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), after letting it expire earlier this year.

While the Senate passed the bill by an overwhelming margin, the House had to break the Hastert Rule to vote on and pass VAWA. Breaking the Hastert Rule means that the House voted on the bill despite less than a majority of the party in power, in this case the GOP, in favor of the bill.

All 138 of the No votes against the VAWA were Republicans.

That's probably not a surprising result to anybody with even a moderate attention span.

What I find interesting though is that of those 138 Republicans who voted No, by my count, ten are women.

Thought it fitting to start with: Michele Bachmann (MN-06), followed by Diane Black (TN-06), Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Kristi Noem (SD), Martha Roby (AL-02), and Ann Wagner (MO-02).

So here are ten female Republican US House Representatives who voted against the Violence against Women Act. How can we put that number in perspective?

In the entire US House of Representatives, there are 80 women, or 18% of the House.
Of those women, 61 are Democrats, meaning women make up 30% of the Democratic Party House Reps. (And that's not even counting Robin Kelly)
The remaining 19 are Republicans, meaning women make up 8% of the Republican Party House Reps.

Of those 19, 10 voted against VAWA, meaning the majority of female GOP Reps.

In contrast, not a single female Senator, regardless of party, voted against the VAWA. There are currently 20 female Senators, so a similar overall proportion as the House.

I realize there is a lot of politics involved in this outcome, and it might not be fair to single out this group of Representatives.

Regardless, I feel like there are probably a lot of women out there, of all party affiliations and backgrounds, who are feeling very betrayed by these Representatives, moreso than the male Reps who voted No. And all things considered, that feeling is valid.

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