Diverse Congress?

This past November, 35 new women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives bringing the total now serving to over 100. There has been abundant news coverage of this group’s number and their wide diversity in ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation.

Twenty-three percent of both the House and Senate being female is a first. It is great, right? Not quite. Before we proclaim “The Year of the Woman” yet again let’s look at some other facts.       https://crookedcreek.live/2018/06/13/year-of-the-woman-2018/ 

  • Women make up over 50% of the population of the U.S.
  • Over 60% of U.S. citizens holding college degrees (both undergrad and masters) are female
  • The U.S. Senate, since its inception in 1789 has had only 56 women to serve and many of those were appointed to fill the seat of a deceased husband rather than elected.  

Don’t think for a moment that the glass ceiling has been broken. There is not even a discernible crack, but that does not mean we give up. Instead, we stay informed, support the best candidate for the job, VOTE and perhaps most importantly stop judging females more harshly than we do men. 

Overall our government looks white, male and old but this does not reflect our population. We can and must do better! 

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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/01/14/us/politics/women-of-the-116th-congress.html?emc=edit_nn_20190120&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=7295686420190120&te=1

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” Mark Twain

Theme photo of 27 incoming Congresswomen by Christelle De Castro of ELLE

6 Comments

  1. I agree. As a man; I welcome more females in positions of government; it doesn’t scare me; I embrace it. I think women bring a different perspective to the table and can shake up the old guard. I would love to see a more egalitarian society. Can imagine how much better things would be?

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      1. I am always an ally of women. I relate better to females and am proud to call them my friends and I think this country could use a more female presenting governing. We might have more empathy and peace in this country. Although i could be generalizing here

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  2. Women have been looked down upon for decades as inferior, less-intelligent human beings. Far from it! Thank you for bringing this topic to the fore. Those who have remained silent, even some females, have helped propagate the myth that we are the lesser of the species. Time to rise and keep shining!

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