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Governing Magazine: Kane a Pol to Watch

Posted in In the News on January 28th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Written by Daniel Gleason, Contributing Writer

Governing Magazine has listed newly elected PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane as a State Official to Watch.

The magazine cites Kane’s historic and successful election, as well as her strong career as a prosecutor and the criticism of Tom Corbett’s handling of the Sandusky case, as reasons for recognition.

 Read more at politicspa.com

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

Posted in In the News on January 4th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment
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

Posted in In the News on January 4th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment
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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

Kathleen Kane says her win ‘expanded the boundaries for women in Pennsylvania’

Posted in In the News, Women in PA on November 12th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

By JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News

Standing before a raucous crowd at the Radisson Hotel in Scranton with family members gathered behind her, Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane wrapped up her victory speech on Tuesday night by pointing out ground she broke that night.

More important to her than being the first Democrat to be elected as the state’s attorney general, it was being its first female elected chief law enforcement officer that she took a moment to highlight.

“It is 2012,” Kane said. “I will tell you that we have expanded the boundaries for women in Pennsylvania. … We have made sure that there is no place that we can’t go and there is nothing that we can’t do. We have made sure that we can raise our families and we can have our careers.”

By becoming the first woman to be elected to that statewide office, Kane, a mother of two and former Lackawanna County deputy prosecutor, broke down the door of one of the few remaining offices that a woman has yet to hold in Pennsylvania. The governor’s office and U.S. Senate seats are the others.

Read More at pennlive.com

How a Record Number of Women Won Senate Seats

Posted in In the News on November 9th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Democratic outreach and issues proved pivotal

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Just minutes after Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl announced his retirement after four terms in office, members of a group called Emily’s List say they had Tammy Baldwin on the phone. Baldwin, 50 and openly gay, had spent seven terms in the House but never ran for Senate.

“We think it’s your time,” Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily’s List, says she told Baldwin that day. And, Schriock says, “she agreed.”

From there Emily’s List, a political action committee that works to get Democratic female candidates elected, says it worked with Baldwin to help develop her strategy, staffing and budget decisions, as it does for many other female candidates.

And on Tuesday, Baldwin was successfully elected to the open Senate seat, beating Republican opponent Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin and becoming the nation’s first openly gay senator.

She also joined 19 other women elected to the Senate Tuesday — more women than have ever been elected to the upper house before. There are currently 17.

Read More at US News and World Report

 

‘Gender Gap’ Near Historic Highs

Posted in In the News on October 22nd, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

 

‘Gender Gap’ Near Historic Highs

By NATE SILVER

 

2:43 a.m. | Updated If only women voted, President Obama would be on track for a landslide re-election, equaling or exceeding his margin of victory over John McCain in 2008. Mr. Obama would be an overwhelming favorite in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and most every other place that is conventionally considered a swing state. The only question would be whether he could forge ahead into traditionally red states, like Georgia, Montana and Arizona.

If only men voted, Mr. Obama would be biding his time until a crushing defeat at the hands of Mitt Romney, who might win by a similar margin to the one Ronald Reagan realized over Jimmy Carter in 1980. Only California, Illinois, Hawaii and a few states in the Northeast could be considered safely Democratic. Every other state would lean red, or would at least be a toss-up.

Although polls disagree on the exact magnitude of the gender gap (and a couple of recent ones seemed to show Mitt Romney eliminating the president’s advantage with women voters), the consensus of surveys points to a large one this year — rivaling the biggest from past elections.

Read More at nytimes.com

Women Take Their Case to the Ballot

Posted in In the News on October 17th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

NEW YORK — This is the year when, after a long period of political stagnation, a record number of American women — feminists, liberals, pro-choice middle-of-the-roaders, conservatives — got off the sidelines and stepped up to run for office.

“We’d been going downhill,” said Karen Middleton, president of Emerge America, a 12-state donor-funded group that trains female Democratic candidates. “Now the number of women running for Congress could break all records” for women in theU.S. Senate and the House of Representatives — “if everybody wins.”

Back in the contentious early months of this year, when the “war on women” rallied many who believed that hard-right Republicans were threatening women’s reproductive rights, few predicted that scores of women would sign up to run for the Senate and the House.

This unusually diverse group includes a professional wrestling entrepreneur, a leftist consumer advocate, a lesbian, a former police chief and the first black female Republican to run for the House.

Click here to read the full article on the New York Times

Women Head For The Hill In Record Numbers

Posted in In the News on September 25th, 2012 by admin – 1 Comment

More women are running for Congress this year than ever before. The 18 women running for the Senate break the previous record of 14, set two years ago. Also, there are 163 female candidates for House seats, more than the 141 who ran in 2004.

That gives this election season a Year-of-the-Woman ring to it, says The Center for American Women and Politics. The center’s director, Debbie Walsh, offered some reasons in a press release:

“… The crucial first election after reapportionment and redistricting, news events underscoring the need for women’s voices in policymaking, and a presidential election year generating political excitement.”

That excitement is flowing through both parties, NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin tells Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer.

Click here to read the full article on NPR.org

20 Percent in 2012, Pass it On!

Posted in In the News on September 12th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Laurie Kretchmar, The 2012 Project

Today the US Congress is only 17 percent women, which puts us 79th in the world (our ranking just dropped again). With this election we could reach “20 percent in 2012.” That’s the name of a new campaign from The 2012 Project, MissRepresentation.org’s nonpartisan partner to elect women this year (#ElectWomen2012). The 2012 Project is part of Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics.

“We need to accelerate the pace of progress” said Mary Hughes, founder and director of The 2012 Project. “It’s time. Women are ready.”

A snapshot so far:

  • A record 161 women are nominees running for US House, topping the old record of 142. The number could rise after 3 more upcoming congressional primaries.
  • A record 297 women filed to run, up from the previous 262.
  • 4 states with the most nominees: California with 24, Texas with 15 and Florida and New York with 12 each
  • 5 small states have women running for all their US House seats (Hawaii with 2 seats, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota each with 1).
  • 2 more states might join them, depending on their primary results (NH with 2 seats and Delaware with 1)
  • 4 states have never elected a woman to Congress (Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi and Vermont)
  • 5 states have zero women on the ballot for their 20 US House seats (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska and Vermont)

Let’s envision the day when there are talented women candidates running for ALL 435 seats and all 100 in the Senate and across the land.

In the meantime, learn about your state, make sure you’ve registered to vote, find a candidate to support, consider volunteering! Find links to websites below (if you don’t recognize the shape of a state, hover over the image to see the name):

See a full alphabetized list of states with links here.

http://www.missrepresentation.org/politics/20-percent-in-2012-pass-it-on/

When Will It Be “the Year of the Woman”?

Posted in In the News on July 12th, 2012 by admin – 1 Comment

July 10, 2012 12:10 pm by Anita Finlay in News & Politics – BlogHer

According to the 2012 Project of the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, more women are running for Congress this year than ever. But how can we make an intelligent choice as to the best candidate when overwhelming research shows the decision is being made for us via skewed, imbalanced media coverage that has a predisposition toward taking men seriously and treating women like novelties?
Research on media behavior in the 2010 midterms revealed women candidates got a whopping 68% less coverage than men on the issues and 3 times more attention paid to their appearance than their male counterparts. The Fourth Estate’s disturbing study found that men were quoted at ratios of five to one over women on women’s issues, and men overwhelmed women’s opinions on the economy and foreign policy. No Republican woman is being seriously vetted for VP this year. Despite Mrs. Romney’s recent inference to the contrary, it is likely Mitt Romney will go with a “safe” choice.

Conservative Pat Buchanan was just part of a panel on the McLaughlin Group arguing that a female president would not be elected for another 40 years. Annoying as he is, he may be right. Why? Well, if past is prologue, let’s look at recent high level races.

A blockbuster study conducted by George Washington University revealed Sarah Palin received twice the scrutiny as Joe Biden in their race for the Vice Presidency in 2008. We obsessed about Palin’s appearance, stand on social issues and family while Joe Biden got coverage on his stances on foreign policy and the economy. Furthermore, twice as many articles were published scrutinizing and obsessing over her every move whereas he got a relatively quiet ride. Mr. Biden is known for his “rhetorical flourishes” as President Obama calls them – otherwise known as gaffes. I like Vice President Biden, but no one could argue that he has a very long “blooper reel” to his credit. We just laugh it off – but if a woman said those things….

Leticia Bode and Valerie Hennings published their studies on the VP race in the journal of Politics and Policy, writing:

“Each of these differences could have had important influences on public opinion formation and the public’s voting decisions in this particular race.”

“If gender stereotypes in media coverage have the ability to negatively affect women candidates, this calls into question the American political system’s ability to produce elected representatives in a fair and democratic manner.”

If you characterize a woman as a homemaker, a mom (good or bad), and a fashion plate, how likely are we to take her seriously as a leader?

Last December, Paul Bedard of U.S. News & World Report reported on two scholarly studies fromUniversity of Utah researchers, published in the prestigious Political Research Quarterly. Both concluded that Hillary’s 2008 presidential bid “was doomed by media sexists.” That, more than ideology, “drove the media’s anti-Clinton theme.” They exposed a “lopsided reliance on male reporters” who “first belittled her effort against Barack Obama, then jumped the gun to push her out of the race earlier than any other recent strong primary challenger.”

There has been significant ongoing discussion about Hillary Clinton taking the Presidency in 2016 — and that it is “hers if she wants it.” Yet she has repeatedly stated that she is not interested. But is the LA Times Meghan Daum’s statement about women candidates true: We want her to “pursue the White House without looking like a pursuer.” Does a woman still have to play hard to get? A nonsensical notion when you consider how many women are doing heavy lifting at home, at work and now, even in the military…

There is currently a big stink since Rep. Joe Walsh, who is running against war veteran and double amputee Tammy Duckworth, made the comment that she is not a “true hero,” and that she talks about her service “too much.” So first we are dealt with as emotional beings, and then when we participate and sacrifice in what has traditionally been a male province, we are “talking about it too much” and not entitled to be taken seriously? Have I got that right?

I also encourage you to read Karrin Anderson’s article discussing “Pornification” in our political culture, wherein pornographic images, metaphors and narratives were used to negatively frame and diminish female candidates in the 2008 race. She contends this “signals a backlash against the gains women have made in the U.S.political system.”

If we link all the studies together, the lopsided reliance on male reporters and male opinion, the diminishing of women by turning them back into objects to be used or manipulated, it is clear that we have many hurdles to overcome if women are to be given fair hearing when they seek legislative and leadership positions.

Reading much of the commentary that still dominates cable shows and print articles, it is as if men looking to hold on to traditional power structures, and complicit women who do not want to lose the illusion of male-provided security, are digging in their heels, stubbornly hanging on to tired, yet comforting stereotypes that maintain the status quo and stifle competition from the encroaching female.

In today’s complex and troubled world, we need the best leadership, ideas and representation possible. Hormones and X or Y chromosomes have nothing to do with it.

Bias isn’t going to stop until we stand up and insist it stop.

http://www.blogher.com/will-it-ever-be-year-woman?page=0,0&wrap=blogher-topics%2Fnews-politics%2Fcurrent-events&crumb=106919