Women also helped elect the country’s first pro-choice governor, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who was voted in with 60 percent of women supporting her. New Hampshire, in fact, is national headquarters for the Year of the Woman, with an all-female Congressional delegation, a female governor, and a woman-controlled state legislature. [Forbes]
ANOTHER MOMENTOUS election for women in politics.
New women elected to the Senate on Tuesday: Tammy Baldwin, Heidi Heitkamp, Mazie Hirono, Elizabeth Warren, all of whom are Democrats, with Debbie Fischer a Republican.
Incumbent females: Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Susan Collins, Diane Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Claire McCaskill, Barbara Mikulski, Lisa Murkowski, Patty Murray, Jeanne Shaheen, Debbie Stabenow, Amy Klobuchar, and Kelly Ayotte, a Republican.
Is there a female president among them?
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand raised a $1 million for female candidates in the 2012 cycle, so she’s begun to build a power base. She has also said she will be the first to ask Secretary Hillary Clinton to run in 2016. Whether that happens or not, we need Gillibrand and others in positions of leadership to being the conversation early so that come 2016 the Democratic Party has a viable female candidate to run in the primaries.
Once people recover and wash off the slime of 2012, have a raucous holiday, inauguration and move through 2013, helping President Obama be the best leader possible by challenging his better angel to emerge, where to build from here will emerge.
A path must be laid early so that Democrats seize on what President Obama has built, in order to further establish what is now the new Democratic coalition, laying the groundwork for the first female president of the United States.
It is our turn now.
The work to make a Democratic female president a reality will be backbreaking, particularly if Hillary decides it is not her path to take. But our intent must remain relentless.
A female president from the war on women party is unacceptable.