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Rare Voices: Pittsburgh Women in Politics

Posted in In the News on June 27th, 2012 by admin – 2 Comments

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Slideshow by: Martha Rial
Article by: Emily DeMarco

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Women’s voices are uncommon on the Pennsylvania political scene.

In fact, the state ranks 47th in the nation in terms of female representation and participation in politics.

That’s one reason photographer Martha Rial took a closer look at the political lives of three women of different generations in the region.

From them, she found that the issue of gender in politics hasn’t changed much in 50 years.

On the floor of Congress, only one of the 21 people who represent Pennsylvania is female. And the female population — which makes up 51 percent of its citizens — has yet to see a woman serve as governor or U.S. Senator.

At the local level, the gender gap is equally dramatic.

“Fifty-seven percent of our county councils have not one female voice,” said Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University.

In Allegheny County, four of the 15 council members are women. That means 27 percent of the council is female, yet women make up 52 percent of the county.

How many of the 85 locally elected mayors and executives that govern the boroughs and townships in Allegheny County are women?

Six. That amounts to just 7 percent of the group.

Tina Doose, council president of Braddock Borough — a neighborhood east of Pittsburgh — is one of the three politicians included in Rial’s work.

“The good old boys’ club still exists,” Doose said. “And it’s not going away anytime soon, or easily.”

2012 Elections Could See Record Number Of Women Running For House Seats

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

The Huffington Post – By Amanda Terkel

The 2012 election cycle is on track to break the record for the highest number of female candidates running for House seats in the general election, according to calculations by the 2012 Project, a campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

With the primary voting season at the halfway mark, there are 97 women in 26 states who have won their party’s nomination and will be on the ballot in the November general elections.

“If the same voting patterns continue in the remaining 24 states, where 115 women are slated to run, as many as 60 additional women would advance to the general election, putting the total well above the current record of 141 women candidates set in 2004,” according to the 2012 Project.

Women currently hold 73 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Four states — Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi and Vermont — have never had a woman serving in their congressional delegation.

“Research shows that women leaders introduce more bills, bring more resources home to their districts and advocate for new issues on the legislative agenda,” said Mary Hughes, founder of the 2012 Project, in a statement.

Already in this election cycle, 294 women have filed to run for House seats, with four more expected to do so, breaking the previous record set in 2010 of 262 women.

There are also a record number of Democratic women running for Senate seats in the 2012 elections.

At the gubernatorial level, however, fewer women are candidates. While four Republican women are governors, just two Democratic women hold that office — and both are resigning. This year New Hampshire is the only state where women are running for governor; Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan are competing in the Democratic primary, along with Bill Kennedy, to win their party’s nomination.