Tag Archives: Women in Politics

Our Voice Shoul Be Heard

2 Dec

post_full_1276122550women-politicsAs 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.

Condescending World

14 Nov

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.”

2012: The Year of the Woman?

31 Oct

While catching up on the news, I stumbled across this article by Marlo Thomas. In class we’ve discussed “The Year of the Woman”, or what was supposed to be that year but never quite lived up to it’s expectations. We’ve also discussed the idea that this year might actually be the Year of the Woman. This article ties both together. While we have a lot more women running for office than in the past, this article emphasizes the importance of women continuing to get involved. We can’t stop or slow down just because things look like they might get better.

A quote from the article that I thinks sums up how I feel, “Think we’re doing swimmingly now? Not quite. Women hold exactly 90 of the 535 seats in the current Congress — 17 Senators and 73 Representatives. That’s less than 17 percent of our federal legislators, when we are 51 percent of the population.”


Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan activist, 14, shot in Swat

9 Oct

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan activist, 14, shot in Swat

She was brave enough to write about what the Taliban was doing in her town and this is what happened

“When Did Nail Polish Become Part of Politics?”

14 Sep

In today’s society, the fashion of female politicians is under the microscope, not their political ideals. Hillary Clinton is constantly being criticized for not wearing the right thing. Michelle Obama’s message is always overshadowed by what she wore. I was really interested in learning about he message that Mrs. Obama was trying to deliver at the DNC. However, every station I found covering her speech, focused on her outfit and how beautiful she looked. One station even spent significant time talking about how gorgeous her grey nail polish was. While she may have looked good, it’s not fair that her appearance was getting so much attention in my opinion. She had a serious message to deliver and I feel like that was being overshadowed. I feel like this is the case for most women involved in politics. I mean no one is criticizing Mitt Romney’s suit and tie combinations. It just seems like women are not being taken seriously in politics. This has historically been the case, especially in the 60’s with Jackie Kennedy. She became a fashion icon but many people didn’t know she was actually really politically invovled. What do you all think? Do you agree?