Republican Senator’s Definition Of ‘Women’ Mocked Online

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Republican Senator’s Definition Of ‘Women’ Mocked Online
Republican Senator’s Definition Of ‘Women’ Mocked Online (Alamy)

Republican senator Josh Hawley is being ridiculed online after sharing what he believed to be his definition of a woman.

Hawley was approached to give his definition after Republicans last month mocked Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson for refusing to offer a definition of her own, instead responding, "I’m not a biologist."

Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn claimed that failing to offer a definition 'underscores the dangers of... progressive education', but many Republicans didn't seem to be able to offer a clearer definition themselves when asked to do so.

Senator Josh Hawley was mocked online. Credit: Alamy
Senator Josh Hawley was mocked online. Credit: Alamy

When approached by HuffPost, Hawley claimed a 'woman' is 'someone who can give birth to a child'.

"A mother, is a woman. Someone who has a uterus is a woman. It doesn’t seem that complicated to me," he said.

This, of course, led to the question of what happens if a woman has her uterus removed via hysterectomy – is she still a woman?


Of course she is, but Hawley instead responded: “Yeah. Well, I don’t know, would they?”

Hawley was then asked whether he would consider a woman to be defined as such if she lost her reproductive organs to cancer, to which the senator responded: “I mean, a woman has a vagina, right?”

It likely won't be surprising to hear Hawley came under fire for his attempt to define a woman, and after his response was shared online it quickly racked up a lot of comments from ruthless Twitter users.


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"According to him, I stopped being a woman in August 2020, I guess?" one person wrote, while another responded: "I no longer have ovaries or a uterus. I can no longer give birth. Thanks for letting me know I’m not a woman."

A third commented, "These are the men making laws about women’s bodies. He’s such an embarrassment," while others simply branded Hawley a 'moron' for his response.

Hawley was not the only Republican quizzed over the definition of a woman, and many of the other responses don't do much to reassure.

Senator Thom Tillis simply said 'my wife', while Senator Lindsey Graham said a woman is simply someone who is 'biologically a woman', expressing belief most Americans can figure out who’s a woman and who’s a man.


“The birds and the bees stuff – it’s been a while, but I think I remember the general gist of the differences. To have a hard time answering that question is kind of odd to me," Graham added.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University before going on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems. She joined UNILAD in 2018 and now works as Senior Journalist covering breaking news, trending stories and longer form features with a focus on human interest stories.

Topics: Politics, Republicans, US News, Twitter, Viral