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Top Story — History is Made as 20 Female Senators Sworn In

THE 113th Congress was sworn in with 20 female senators, Republicans and Democrats, which makes history.

“I think that until we get to 50, we still have to fight because it’s still a problem,” Boxer said. “I think this class as you look around, Republicans and Democrats. … I think that because of this new class and the caliber of the people coming and the quality of the people coming, I think that hopefully in my lifetime — and I really do hope and pray this is the case — we will see 50 percent. ” [ABC News]

One of the senators who progressives put on a pedestal is Senator Elizabeth Warren. ABC interviewed all the Senate women and here’s an excerpt on women’s reproductive freedom.

“I’m pro-choice,” Collins said. “But I think those issues should be settled and should not be the main focus of debate. To me those issues, Roe v. Wade, is settled law and I don’t know why we would want to keep bringing those issues up. I think we should be focusing like a laser on job creation, the economy, health care, education, foreign policy, national security. Those issues to me are settled.”

Sen-elect Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., disagreed, saying Republicans put those issues onto the Congressional radar screen.

“I don’t think they are entirely settled,” Warren said, “I have to say I was really shocked that those are powerful issues in 2012. I would like to think those things are settled. But they were forced forward as issues by people who thought that women should not have that kind of access. And boy, if that’s the case, then we better stand up and we better speak out.”

We still need more females in politics.

We also need a female president and commander in chief, which will be the beginning of revealing that the people in American politics today remain tied to traditional thinking on issues of diplomacy and foreign policy, a pattern that must be experienced to be broken.

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4 Responses to Top Story — History is Made as 20 Female Senators Sworn In

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter January 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    A step in the right direction…but only a step.

  2. Cujo359 January 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    “We still need more females in politics.”

    If they’re mostly like Susan Collins – so affluent or powerful that the concerns of ordinary women (and men) don’t affect her, and thus are someone else’s problem to deal with – I submit that it won’t make any difference how many there are.

    • jjamele January 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      Agreed. Do we need more Senators like Susan Collins, or Mary Landrieu, or Lisa Murkowski, or Diane Feinstein? No. We need more Elizabeth Warrens- but we also need more Senators like Bernie Sanders. This idea that more females, more Hispanics, more African-Americans, etc .is somehow the answer to our problems is pretty ridiculous, because it’s pretty superficial.

      We need more Progressives. I don’t care if they are men, women, or Other.

      • Cujo359 January 4, 2013 at 12:38 am #

        I take it as a given that 20 female Senators will be more sympathetic towards womens’ issues than 20 male Senators. What’s more, I don’t necessarily believe that all Senators who call themselves progressives will be sensitive to womens’ issues, either. But it’s down to the individual people, really. If those issues are important to you, be sure your congressperson supports them when it counts. Collins and Landrieu might as well be conservative men, for all the good they’ve done either women or working people generally.

        I’d like to see the Senate be more representative, but there are lots of ways it’s unrepresentative of America, beyond the imbalance of gender.

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