The Trump campaign has a message for its female supporters at Women for Trump events on Thursday: It’s time to come out and speak up.

“There’s a lot of people that are fearful of expressing their support, and I want you ladies to know it’s OK to have felt that way, but we need to move past that or the Democrats win,” said Tana Goertz, a Trump campaign adviser, at an Iowa Women for Trump event on Thursday.

She told CBS News, “There’s not a person alive that literally has done so much for a female, for the female population. I can’t think of one person that I could go, except for Mother Teresa. I mean, literally, who has done more for women in office than Donald Trump?”

In Iowa, Goertz listed a number of ways that she said women are benefiting from Trump’s presidency, including low unemployment, job creation and safety—and she said his immigration policy was a winner there.

“When I lay my head down at night, I want to know that my children are safe, that a terrorist is not going to come into our country,” she said.

Part of Goertz’s message on Wednesday night was to empower women to tell their friends and neighbors why they’re supporting the president, and she said that some people are afraid to speak out for fear of being criticized.

“The reason why a lot of women are afraid to support this great man is because of the backlash,” Goertz told reporters. “I know that I’ve had a lot of backlash, but I’m telling you, I can handle it. And so I wanted  them to realize that if you back down, then they win.”

“By no means do I feel like we’re going to lose it if women don’t start speaking up, but it can just be that much bigger of a landslide if they start speaking up,” she added.

Cathy Ballard, a retired special education teacher from the Guthrie Center, said she’s supporting Mr. Trump in 2020 because of the economy.

“I think the president is doing more for our country than the previous ones,” Ballard said. “I like it that we’re putting people back to work. I think that’s awesome.”

Similar events in 13 battleground states

The Iowa event was one of more than a dozen in battleground states nationwide as part of a push to make the president’s case on the economy and train volunteers.

Trump himself called into a gathering of hundreds in Tampa, Florida, and insisted, to cheers: “We’re doing great with women, despite the fake news.”

At an event in Troy, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox told the audience of 100 women to focus on what Trump had accomplished during his first term.

“I get it. I say, ‘Listen, you never wonder what he thinks about people,’” she said. “Some people may not like what he says. But he delivers and has a very good track record of deliverables. And that’s what’s important. I try to get people focused on that, not the personality.”

Similar events were scheduled in 13 battleground states, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Ohio. The events, led by surrogates including White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Among the women in attendance in Troy was Cara McAlister, a sales representative from the nearby suburb of Bloomfield Township. She said Trump’s 2016 candidacy inspired her to get more involved politically.

She has friends who were afraid to reveal their support for Trump because they fear backlash. So she invites them to meetings like Thursday’s gathering.

“They really enjoy being in an atmosphere where they feel free to express their support for the president,” said McAlister, who was wearing a white “Make America Great Again” cap and blue Trump-Pence shirt and who described herself as “middle age.” ″They tend to want to go to another event.”

Some Republican women here, like Des Moines resident Pat Inglis, have become more fervent Trump supporters over his first term.

“He’s helped this country more than anybody else in the last 20 years,” the 70-year-old retiree said. She added that Democratic attacks against the president, and the leftward tilt of the Democratic Party, have made her all the more enthusiastic toward Trump.

Includes reporting from the Associated Press