By Heidi Stevens
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Heidi Stevens is starting to give me chills….her column rocks! This one highlights a woman running for office in Wisconsin who chose to breatsfeed her baby while filming a campign ad.
The year is young, but Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter in the middle of her own campaign ad is my favorite part of 2018.
It’s like women looked at the current landscape, riddled as it is with pay disparity, environmental abuse, health care inequity, gun violence, presidential hush payments to a porn actress, rampant sexual harassment across industries, and went: Oh, it’s on.
We will march in your streets, America. We will run for all the offices. We will breastfeed our babies in clear sight of TV cameras and we will not be shamed.
Roys, a Democratic state lawmaker from 2009 to 2013, is pushing for universal paid family and sick leave, a $15 minimum wage and equal pay for women. If she wins the Democratic primary in August, she’ll face Republican incumbent Scott Walker.
In her commercial, Roys talks about the dangers of bisphenol A, or BPA, an industrial chemical used to line consumer packaging and products, and her efforts to make Wisconsin the first state to ban BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.
While she’s talking, the camera cuts to her husband consoling their crying daughter before he walks the baby over to Roys, who starts to discreetly breastfeed her on camera.
Roys told Today she initially didn’t plan to release that part of the video.
“I thought we could re-shoot this part or maybe they will use the audio,” she said.
I’m glad she decided otherwise. We keep hearing about the record number of women running for office. The ad is a look at what goes on behind the statistics.