Archive for January 4th, 2013

Pennsylvania not part of women’s historic day in U.S. Senate

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Brian X. McCrone, Breaking News Desk

A record number of women were sworn in to the U.S. Senate Thursday morning – 20 in all – but none were from Pennsylvania, which is consistent if nothing else when it comes to senators.

Of the 59 Pennsylvanians who have represented the state in Congress’ upper house, all have been white males. Its the largest state by population of the 19 that have yet to elect a woman or minority to the U.S. Senate.

“We’ve had some women penetrate the marble ceiling, but not many,” said Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. “I call it the marble ceiling because have you been to Harrisburg or [Washington] D.C.?”

Pennsylvania’s long history of government does not include much of a female presence, she said.

“There definitely are some states that are quote-unquote women-friendly states and congressional districts,” Brown said. “Some states produce more women than others. And so it’s a big question for us in Pennsylvania to create a pipeline here.”

Read more at philly.com

From Congress to Halls of State, in New Hampshire, Women Rule

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Most states are red or blue. A few are purple. After the November election, New Hampshire turned pink.

Women won the state’s two Congressional seats. Women already held the state’s two Senate seats. When they are all sworn into office on Thursday, New Hampshire will become the first state in the nation’s history to send an all-female delegation to Washington.

And the matriarchy does not end there. New Hampshire’s new governor is a woman. So are the speaker of the State House and the chief justice of the State Supreme Court.

Read more at nytimes.com