Sandra Fluke: Republicans Can't Win Female Vote 'Until Their Policies Change'

By Susan Jones | August 16, 2013 | 11:13am EDT

President Barack Obama and Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke on Aug. 8, 2012 at the University of Colorado. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

( - Sandra Fluke, a former "reproductive justice" advocate at Georgetown Law School, has a new mission: getting more women to run for elective office.

In a brief interview on MSNBC Friday morning, Fluke was asked if Republicans are remiss in not asking more women to run for office.

"I think there are a variety of concerns about how we get women into office," she responded. "It's not only about asking women, which is something we need to do -- but also about making sure that the party leadership and those in elected office are looking for women to succeed them."

Fluke, a liberal Democrat, said she hopes the Republican Party succeeds in getting more women to run. "We need to have women representing diverse ideological perspectives," she said. "But in terms of the voter base -- they're not going to get the majority of women's votes until their policies change."

After her appearance on MSNBC, Fluke was heading to an Emily's List luncheon in San Francisco for a panel discussion on women in politics.

Joining her was Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democrat who is expected to run for governor of Texas. Davis made national headlines earlier this summer, with her 11-hour filibuster in defense of "abortion rights." And she recently posed for a glamor shoot in Vogue's September issue.

Fluke told MSNBC on Friday, "If we truly want to have a democracy, we have to make sure that our government looks like our population. And right now it doesn't."  

She hailed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a positive role model for female
leadership: "We see what a difference it makes internationally, the message that we send to the world, when we have women in leadership."

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