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

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.”

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