Posted by: cj2kewl4u | December 8, 2012

Twenty and Counting

Twenty and Counting

I posted an article on the blog just after the election that explained how more women than ever would populate the 113th Congress. Though that is undeniably something to celebrate, this article highlights the reality that women’s representation is still disproportionate compared to men.

This article takes an interesting position on the advances women made in the U.S. 2012 election. Two themes stuck out to me: one of bipartisan community among women in their positions. Mentorship and support systems among women are things we have talked about a number of time in class. One excerpt reads, “‘Any time I’ve been successful I’ve had a woman Republican helping me on the other side of the aisle,’ said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.”

The other main idea points out the reality of women’s representation in the U.S. legislature, even with recent gains, “…we’re going to celebrate the clearing of a bar rather than pointing out that it’s kind of low.”

Do you agree or disagree with the author’s perspective? How do you interpret or identify the significance of these gains?

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