One-Third of RNC Announced Speakers are Women

The Republican National Committee released a list of 62 speakers for its convention next week and we reviewed it for gender diversity. Of the 62 speakers listed, 20 are women. They include two women senators (Joni Ernst-IA & Shelley Moore Capito-WV), two attorneys general (Leslie Rutledge-AR & Pam Bondi-FL), Governor Mary Fallin (OK), and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN). RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day and Alex Smith, the National Chair of the College Republicans, will also speak.

RNCEileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command a NASA space shuttle, is a named speaker. Marine veteran Kathryn Gates-Skipper will also speak. Multiple businesswomen will speak, including Trump Winery General Manager Kerry Woolard, Lynne Patton – Vice President at the Eric Trump Foundation, and Michelle Van Etten – a member of Women in Business for Trump. Kimberlin Brown, a former soap opera actress and current businessowner, is also listed as a speaker. LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis is also among women speaking at the Republican National Convention, as well as Lisa Shin – a member of the Trump campaign’s National Diversity Coalition.

Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in Benghazi, and Karen Vaughn, the mother of Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI, will both speak at the RNC.

Finally, Donald Trump’s wife Melania and daughters – Ivanka and Tiffany – are included in the current list of RNC speakers.