When Democrats and Republicans Worked Together, Ellen Malcolm
EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm spotlights the moment when Republicans and Democrats went from friendly rivals to bitter enemies.
ELLEN MALCOLM: In the early '70s, a group of political women created the National Women's Political Caucus. And the goal of the caucus was to help women in politics, in electoral office. Politics in those days was so different. We had both the Democratic and Republican caucus, and the two groups worked together very well.
Unfortunately, when Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, conservatives took over the Republican Party, and they started to box those women out. Eventually many of them just left the party, because there was no longer a place for moderate women in the Republican Party who really cared about promoting women's rights.
So it was different in the 1970s. We could work together. We were friends. We respected each other.