As the red, white and blue flyers begin to be recycled and the repetitive politician commercials conclude American women can still feel victorious about the results of the 2012 Election.
The 113th Congress will acquire multiple firsts for women. The New York Times confirms that New Hampshire was the first state to send all women delegates to Congress. There will be 20 female senators, which, is the most in U.S. history. The first out lesbian woman and the first disabled woman will serve in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, yet in politics they are the minority.
Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, is quoted in the film Miss Representation, explaining that countries known for rejecting women’s rights had more women in their government compared to the United States. Newsom said, “If people knew that Cuba, China, Iraq and Afghanistan have more women in government than the United States of America, that would get some people upset.”
According to New York Times female congress members only hold 20 percent of the majority rule in Congress. However, even though women hold less than a fourth of the voice, they still do not speak as frequently on the floor compared to men. Female congress members use only 60 percent of the time on the providing their perspective compared to a male representative.
Americans continue to witness misrepresentation repeatedly in the American government. Women were granted the right to vote almost over a century ago, but if women continue at this consistent rate “women may not achieve parity for 500 years” reported by Miss Representation.
We discussed THIS in class today and I said I would post it because it was something that hit close to home in a way. I feel like I’m always getting talked down to or having something explained to me in a different “dumbed down” version. I constantly feel like I am sticking up for myself and my ability to have an intellectual conversation without things having to be explained to me.
I was happy to see Tammy Baldwin stand up for herself. When Senator Ron Johnson tried to demean Baldwin, she shot back, “I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House.”
As the week comes to a close, I sit thinking about the steady progress we have made in this last election and in short I have to say to all the women who ran for political office, you rock or in Mean Girls terms:
“You go Glen Coco!”
Mia Love was born on December 6, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York. Her full name is Ludmya Bourdeau. Both of her parents immigrated from Haiti in 1973. Her birth granted her entire family citizenship under an immigration law that was set to expire in 1976. She graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in performing arts. After graduating college she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and moved to Utah to be closer to the temple. She had become civically involved in 2002 where she was the spokesperson of her community. In 2003 she won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council, where she became the first Haitian American elected official in Utah County, Utah. After six years on the council Love was elected mayor in 2009. As City Council woman and eventually Mayor, Mia led the city through a period of 1700% population growth in a decade. Under her leadership, the city was able to successfully navigate the drastic transition from agricultural fields to a booming residential community. One of her first acts as mayor was to reduce the residential property tax. Mayor Love is best known for her conservative positions on limited government, increased citizen liberties and limited restraints on business.
Love ran for the 4th congressional district seat, which was created after their 2010 census. She won nomination at the Utah Republican Party Convention against her republican opponents Jay Cobb, Stephen Sandstrom, and Carl Wimmer with over 70 percent of the vote. Her opponent for the 2012 congressional election is six term democrat Jim Matheson. Mia Love will be the first black female to serve in the House.
Election Results: Mia Love conceded in the congressional race against incumbent and Representative Jim Matheson (D). Matheson lead by 49.3% and love fell behind with 48.1%. Love lost by fewer than 3,000 votes.
Love supports fiscal discipline, limited government, and personal responsibility. When approaching an issue she asks: is it affordable? Is it sustainable? Is it my Job? Love is prolife and is supported by the Susan B. Anthony list. Love supports domestic energy exploration, local control of education, second amendment rights, and state control of public lands.
Fun Facts: Mia is a wife and mother of 3 children. In her spare time Mia is an avid runner, tread trainer, and accomplished singer and dancer.
Regardless of your opinion on the election results, you have to admit this is pretty cool. For the first time EVER an all-female delegation will serve in Congress and will have a female governor. Both House seats up for grabs went to women, both democrats who join republican Kelly Ayotte and democrat Jeanne Shaheen who are already serving. Also, democrat Maggie Hassan took the Governor position. How awesome is this?
This article talks about Rep. Todd Akin losing to Sen. Claire McCaskill. In his concession speech Akin compared himself to someone with cancer. I wonder after his statements about rape how many people are really going to buy his “poor me” act. Is it wrong that I am actually happy he lost?
When women vote, we effect change. We honor the sacrifices of our foremothers who paved the way for us and we pass along to our daughters and granddaughters the need, privilege and responsibility to do the same.
This fabulous graphic was designed by one of my favorite people for the 51% Club.
Now add your own finish to the sentence, “When Women vote…” and leave it in the comments.
And then vote.
This article was written by a female blogger and talks about her observations of things that have gone on during this presidential election. She does it in a very humorous manner. I think she also does a good job of summing up the kind of circus that this election has been! Give it a quick read! I promise it will make you laugh! I feel really similarly to her. Do you agree with her? What are your thoughts about this election? What have you learned? Have these issues made you want to become more politically involved?
I came across this opinion article where the author talks about women taking backward steps in using their ability to vote. She points out that women are often too busy to read the newspaper or watch the nightly news, let alone a debate, to learn what the candidates really stand for and are instead voting with their “heart instead of their head”. She calls this the woman voter stereotype. The author is upset that women have worked so hard to get the vote years ago and aren’t even taking the time to get informed about who they want to vote for, or even voting. Do we take that right for granted?