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Women Must Build on Banner Year

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.

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5 Responses to Women Must Build on Banner Year

  1. Jane Austen November 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I still believe in this country. I’m still an idealist. I still believe in We the People. I really want to see this country work for the people. Maybe, just maybe some of these women, will see it my way.

  2. newdealdem1 November 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    What JA said.

    I have enormous respect for Gillibrand. She’s done a super job in the two years she has served out Hillary Clinton’s remaining time in the Senate. She won here with 73% of the vote, that’s pretty spectacular and for someone who has only been on the national scene for a few years.

    20% women in the Senate is still not good enough especially when compared to women elected officials around worldwide. We need to do much better than this but it’s another start and a much better one than happened in 1992 (Boxer et al ran mostly in reaction to being literally shut out of the judiciary hearings by the all male Senate Judiciary whose disgraceful behavior towards Anita Hill and congresswomen like Boxer spurred her and others on to run for Senate seats).

    For the most part, I don’t think the women who ran for the first time this time for the Senate were MAINLY spurred on (as their Senate sisters were in 1992 by the oppressive behavior displayed by the all male judiciary committee) by the likes of Aiken or Murdock or because of the draconian laws being passed by GOP controlled legislators around the country (albeit I’m sure that was not far from their minds), so I think this influx of women candidates is a reflection of a new political reality in this country which includes white women, not rich people, and people of color which makes for a stronger brew for a longer lasting trend and a much quicker percentage increase in the number of women running for national office and winning those seats.

    How about New Hampshire, hey? Wow! What now may look like an outlier there is imho a taste of what’s coming to fruition down the not too long distant road.

    And, after 236 years as a Republic, it’s about time we see an absolute number of women representing their State statewide.

  3. lynnette November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    We also need more women on the U.S. Supreme Court – maybe 4 or 5. I heard someone on television say when we get a critical mass of 1/3 of Congress composed of women, then we would get real change. I would love to see our first female president in 2016. There are plenty of qualified women in Congress to do it if Hillary decides not to run. I could see Kirsten Gillibrand or Amy Klobuchar running.

    • jjamele November 9, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      We don’t need more women on the Supreme Court, in the Senate and House, and running for President. We need more leaders of both sexes who are willing to admit that women are the equal of men in every respect, and not an afterthought to be pandered to or dismissed or subjegated. I frankly don’t give a damn if Obama appoints two more women to the SC who vote the same way as the sexist males already there. I don’t need more self-loathing submissionist women in elective office who want to join the march back to the 1950s. You’d think after four years of a black President who never talks about race or black unemployment, we’d have gotten over this worship of symbolism.

      We need the RIGHT people in office- not the right men, not the right women, the right PEOPLE. Otherwise, it’s just window dressing and pandering.

      • lynnette November 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

        Oh yes we do need more women – on the Court and in Congress. Women are more collaborative and they don’t have the big, fat egos men do. It would make a difference. And they’re 50% of the population and 53% of the electorate – so why not the same percentages in positions of power?

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