Monday, November 10, 2008

An awesome thing happened on the way to the presidency


Here's a bit of inspiring news that has gotten lost in the celebration over Barack Obama's win: According to the Wall Street Journal, women now hold 13 of 24 seats in the New Hampshire state senate, making the "live free or die" state the first in the country with a female majority in a legislative body.

Nationally, less than one in four legislators is female. Just 16% of the members of Congress are women, but their numbers grew overnight, with another dozen women on their way to Washington for the 111th Congress. Governors’ mansions across the country have the ratio of female occupants — 8 of 50 — and now another just female governor has been elected in North Carolina.

Jonathan Parker, political director for Emily’s List, which works to elect pro-choice Democratic women, said he has seen a burst of political enthusiasm and activism among women inspired Clinton’s historic candidacy, and he expects a surge in their visibility at all levels of government. Read more...

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