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ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO this year, the 19th Amendment was ratified and women were finally granted the right to vote. I am proud to be from a state where we have a long history of empowered Republican women fighting for women’s rights. From Marilla Ricker, to Vetsa Roy, to Donna Sytek and Kelly Ayotte, we have many role models to look up to and who have guided the way for women running today.

Those women from the past, those currently running, and those running in the future deserve to be celebrated, honored and elected. New Hampshire has a strong history of electing women, however, there is much work to be done.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2020 only 29% of legislators nationwide were women. In New Hampshire, more than half the population is female, yet the current membership of the Legislature is 34% women. Currently, roughly only 6.5% of the House are Republican women.

Women across the state are running to change this narrative. Over the last few elections we have seen an increasing number of Republican women running for office. They are running to ensure that the policies enacted in New Hampshire have more women at the table to represent everyone in the state and not just a few. We are seeing more women running because the vast majority of decisions made in Concord that affect women are being made by a majority of men.

In 2020, I am proud to say that we have more than 100 Republican women running for the Legislature across all 10 counties. The women running today represent a cross-section of New Hampshire from Coos to Hillsborough who are business owners, community leaders, whose stories and experiences are unique, and who are running to represent you.

Democrats would have you believe that if you are a woman you should only be voting Democrat. I’m here to set the record straight. Republican issues are women’s issues.

For the women who are business owners, Democrats want to increase your business taxes. For the women who are working hard each day, Democrats want to tax your income so you bring home less money. For the women who have school age children, Democrats want to dictate where your kids go to school without giving you, the parent who knows your kid best, a choice.

To say that women must be Democrats devalues women’s experiences. Voting Republican as a woman should not be a stigma. It should be something women are proud of. It is possible to be a Republican and be a strong and independent woman who stands up for herself and for others.

The Republican women running today are the role models for the women of tomorrow, and we must not lose sight of our future leaders who look up to today’s.

Let’s show them what leaders can do and how they can pursue their dreams to make a meaningful impact in the world.

As a Republican woman running for re-election for state representative, I hope to inspire even more women to run for office. But to start, we should elect the more than 100 Republican women currently running to serve in state offices. These women are working hard to earn your vote and help take back the GOP majority in the New Hampshire House, Senate, and on the executive council.

Rep. Kim Rice represents District 37 and lives in Hudson.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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Monday, November 23, 2020

AMONG MY favorite traditions at Thanksgiving is the part where we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. For this year’s COVID Thanksgiving, there may be a lot fewer people around our table, but my list of what I am thankful for is much longer.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

THANKSGIVING will be a little different this year. We’ll be gathering with family and friends, though probably in smaller groups. We’ll be watching football games played in empty stadiums. And some will be trying to pass the mashed potatoes through Zoom.

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Monday, November 16, 2020
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Sunday, November 15, 2020

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