EMILY's List President Stephanie SchriockWe had no doubt that the 112th Congress would be rough after the “shellacking” we received in the 2010 mid-term elections. But the furious pace of anti-woman legislation being enacted at all levels of government has been shocking, even to the most experienced political observers.

While it’s tempting to sit back and say “I told you so” to all who cast their votes for GOP candidates who promised to fix the economy (but instead have focused their energy on defunding Planned Parenthood)… or the progressives who stayed away from the polls out of frustration that the Democrats were not able to turn back 30 years of trickle-down policies in the President’s first two years…

…that’s not constructive. We can fix this mess, by electing more pro-choice women into office and this week’s guest on MOMocrats MOMochat will tell us how.

EMILY’S List President Stephanie Schriock is a veteran political strategist, fundraiser and campaign manager. Her resume includes stints as the national finance director for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign (which marked the beginning of the modern era of Internet fundraising), manager for Jon Tester’s successful Senate bid against Conrad Burns in Montana, and campaign manager for Al Franken’s epic Minnesota Senate race (and the recount that followed).

Schriock’s position and background give her unique insights into how women relate to politics — the obstacles the prevent us from participating and how we can overcome those and make our voices heard.

At the time of the 2010 midterms, she pointed out that the Republican sweep had little to do with their social agenda and everything to do with women sitting the election out:

“Let’s make sure we don’t learn the wrong lessons when we analyze their actions in 2010. These women did not stay home or vote Republican because they agree with Republican priorities. And the idea of a Palin presidency sends them running for the Democratic hills. Despite the hype, women voters did not become Mama Grizzlies in 2010.”

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