The GOP’s response to President Biden’s State of the Union address didn’t exactly go as planned. Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the official Republican rebuttal, while Senator Catherine Britt gave a shorter speech aimed at women voters.

But Britt’s awkward and stilted delivery has many in the party worried that they’re losing ground with female voters. Already facing criticism over abortion restrictions in some states, the Britt blunder has Republicans concerned they’ll have a hard time winning back women in the midterms and beyond.

Britt’s SOTU Response Draws Criticism

Britt’s awkward State of the Union response has stirred fears within the GOP about losing women voters.

Source: Butch Dill

Critics argue Britt seemed unprepared and stumbled over her words during the short speech. Her hesitant delivery and lack of charisma worried Republican strategists trying to make inroads with women and moderates.

Message Misses the Mark

The content and tone of Britt’s speech also failed to resonate. She focused heavily on her biography rather than addressing issues most concerning women, like equal pay, healthcare, and education.

Source: Adobe Stock

The overall message seemed out of touch, emphasizing traditional values and roles that alienate many female voters.

Backlash from Both Sides

The poor reception of Britt’s response caused embarrassment within Republican ranks. Party leaders now fret their choice of speaker has inflicted lasting damage.

Source: Wikipedia

Meanwhile, Democrats gleefully watched the trainwreck, seeing it as evidence the GOP remains clueless in its outreach to women.

Scrambling to Recover

In damage control mode, Republicans are working to reframe the narrative. Some claim the criticism results from bias in the “mainstream media.”

Source: Rawpixel

Others argue more preparation and experience would have improved Britt’s performance. However, the prevailing view is that choosing a female mouthpiece was a superficial tactic that badly backfired.

Awkward Delivery Highlights GOP’s Problem Connecting With Women

Britt’s uncomfortable State of the Union response highlighted a longstanding issue for the GOP: effectively communicating with and relating to women.


Many feel the GOP has trouble grasping topics that resonate strongly with women, like equal pay, workplace policies supporting families, and health care issues around reproductive rights and pregnancy.

Lack of Female Leadership

The GOP’s leadership ranks remain predominantly male, indicating a failure to nurture and promote women in the party.

Source: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann

With few role models in top positions, the party lacks a strong feminine perspective to help shape its messaging and connect with voters. Appointing a woman to give the SOTU response seemed like a ham-handed attempt to remedy this, one that backfired.

Solutions Remain Elusive

There are no easy fixes for the GOP’s woman troubles. Promoting female candidates and listening to women’s input are good starts, but real change will require a cultural shift in a deeply traditional party.

Source: Rawpixel

The kind of makeover the GOP likely needs to win back women and project a modern, inclusive image may prove a bridge too far for its base. Still, without finding a way to connect, the party risks alienating over half the electorate for the foreseeable future.

Women Voters Prefer Progressive Policies

Women tend to favor more progressive policies that the Democratic party champions, like expanded healthcare, gun control, and higher taxes on the wealthy.

Source: Shutterstock

The GOP’s opposition to issues like abortion rights and equal pay has also turned many women away from the Republican party.

Republicans Scramble to Win Back Women

After Britt’s widely panned performance, Republican strategists are scrambling to find ways to win back women voters.

Source: Pexels/RDNE Stock project

Some argue the party needs to pivot to the center on key issues like healthcare and climate change. Others believe the GOP should do more to elevate and empower female Republican leaders. With the midterms approaching and control of Congress at stake, repairing the rift with women voters has become an urgent priority.

How Republicans Can Better Appeal to Women Voters

If Republicans want to win over more women voters, they need to focus on the issues that really matter to them.

Source: Direct Media

According to surveys, women care most about healthcare, education, and equal pay-not restricting reproductive rights.

Soften Stance on Reproductive Rights

The Republican party’s hardline stance against abortion and contraception turns off many women. While some women do hold pro-life views, most support some access to reproductive healthcare.

Source: juniordoctors

The GOP should adopt a more moderate position, like allowing exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. Banning abortion altogether is too extreme and harmful.

Promote Women in Leadership

If the Republican party wants to prove they represent women’s interests, they need more women in positions of power.

Source: Linkedin/Hamida Al-Ashgar

According to research, women in government are more likely to sponsor legislation on issues like healthcare, education, and childcare.

Democrats Successfully Highlighted GOP “Woman Problem”

Democrats were quick to frame Britt’s speech as evidence of the GOP’s inability to relate to women. They argue the choice of Britt shows how out of touch the Republican party has become with women’s priorities and concerns.

Source Pixabay/Clker-Free-Vector-Images

The awkward speech only reinforced this narrative and gave Democrats more ammunition to spotlight the GOP’s so-called “woman problem.”The GOP must find a way to counter the perception they are out of touch on issues important to women if they hope to avoid losing more ground with this key demographic.

Women are A Key Voting Bloc

Women remain a key voting bloc that either party ignores at their peril. Rather than getting distracted by a single awkward speech, the GOP must stay focused on connecting with female voters on the issues that matter most to them.


If they can offer policies that resonate and treat women with respect, they may still have a chance to gain ground despite this recent hiccup.