We are Republican Women for Progress
Meghan Milloy and Jennifer Lim are the Co-founders of Republican Women for Progress, and formerly were the Chair and Founder of Republican Women for Hillary. Meghan currently serves as the Director of Financial Services at the American Action Forum (AAF), and Jennifer was previously the Director of Health Policy in the Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Progress: a gradual betterment, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a word not often associated with the Republican Party. And not because any other party or person has taken it as their own, but because Republicans, at least as of late, tend to be gradually worsening, retreating back to times and ideas that have proven hurtful, harmful, and downright wrong. If this last election was any indication, betterment and civility are disappearing from politics altogether, and anyone who isn’t willing to fall directly in line with their party and it’s platform is cast aside.
That’s where we come in. We are Republican Women for Progress because we believe that the Republican Party can do better. We believe that it’s okay to be fiscally responsible, in favor of limited government and the free market, but also promote equality, individual liberties, and protections as provided by the U.S. Constitution. Republicans, especially Republican women, have gotten used to keeping quiet and silently disagreeing with the far-right detour that the party has taken. But if the party is to continue to be nationally successful, that can’t continue.
In our past life as Republican Women for Hillary, we were so lucky to meet hundreds of women around the country who felt the same way we did. Since the election, the drumbeat has only gotten louder as the need for a reasonable Republican voice in Washington has become more urgent than ever. We will be that voice, and you’ll be hearing from these amazing women on our Medium page in the days to come. As many women have left the party because they think it no longer represents them, we have decided to remain and fight from the inside for the values we believe in.
Through thought leadership, networking events, supporting the civic engagement of women, and thoughtful policy dialogue, we will work to gradually better the party. And hopefully, bring civility and bipartisanship back to politics as a whole. If this administration truly wants to make America great again, it’s going to have to come to the middle and work with the other side. Until the party realizes that much of its platform is reminiscent of a world that hasn’t existed in 30 to 40 years, it will never survive.
So, in the spirit of a gradual betterment, Republican Women for Progress is officially open for business.