Ms. Foundation Speaks Out Against Kavanaugh Confirmation:
NEW YORK (October 5, 2018) – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Today’s vote is both a slap in the face to survivors and a concrete reminder of the failures of our political system, and the judicial confirmation process as a whole. Republican Senators made it clear that they are unwilling to confront issues of sexual assault and that they are ill-equipped to protect women and girls. They disregard the voices of courageous survivors and insist that sexual assault is a private matter of house and home so that men like Brett Kavanaugh can continue to act with complete impunity, regardless of the impact of their actions on the lives of those they have hurt. Each and every vote in affirmation of Kavanaugh’s appointment shows a blatant disregard for the virtues of truth, and sends a clear message to survivors that the men who hold power in this country do not care about their pain, their humiliation, or their worth. They will stop at nothing to maintain their stronghold on the patriarchy, misogyny, and white supremacy on which this country was founded, and we can expect that Kavanaugh, who has already shown a clear disregard for women, will make decisions that reflect his disregard and those systems of oppression.
“Ending sexual violence and violence against women starts with repudiating the notion that ‘good men’ cannot cause pain. We must reject the tired excuse that ‘boys will be boys’ and the men of this country must commit to teaching young boys and men that respect for women’s bodily autonomy is a non-negotiable requirement of basic humanity.
“The Ms. Foundation for Women and its grantee-partners will continue to advocate for girls and women and loudly demand accountability. Today, we reject Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the highest court in the land. We will take a moment to sit with the hurt and frustration that this process has caused, but we remain steadfast in our refusal to go back.”
Teresa C. Younger and Ms. Foundation spokespeople are available for interviews by phone or in-person from NYC. To schedule, please contact Sunshine Sachs at MsFoundation@sunshinesachs.com.
For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant, and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in organizations nationwide.