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Women Cracking the Glass Ceiling

This post looks at four women within the government and their experience with sexism.

After hearing that over 90 women will occupy the 113th Congress, my excitement could not be contained.

These women have their own experiences which will help them create or continue to carry out the legislation they see fit for our country.

With more women in our legislative branch, I believe that women's issues are going to get more attention and potentially more consideration from the males in congress.

I learned about gender discrimination at a young age and because it existed at that time, I truly believed that maybe women are incompetent to fill governmental roles.

Unfortunately, sexism is still present, but strong female leaders like Hillary Clinton believe women in the world should never give up, work hard and are capable of carrying a community or country on their backs.

SNL's "Weekend Update" voiced Seth Meyers' opinion on the amount of women in the 113th congress.

"No one is happier about that than the pantsuit industry" Meyers said.

Was that a possible slam to Clinton's professional attire outside of her 2008 campaign? And although it can be taken as a humorous remark, could it have an underlying sexist meaning?

More obvious sexist comments haven't gone unnoticed in this year's race for congress.

Missouri's newly elected democratic senator Claire McCaskill, was called "unladylike" by Republican incumbent Todd Akin. He said that she acted more like a lady in past debates against Jim Talent (R).

Ladylike? Does that mean less aggressive compared to a man or less assertive, Mr. Akin?

Tommy Thompson is also no stranger to remarks like these. He called his opponent Tammy Baldwin (D), who won the senate seat in Wisconsin, "ill-equipped" because of her sexual preference.

Tammy Baldwin made history by being the first woman elected to the U.S Senate in Wisconsin and she is also the first openly gay senator.

Baldwin could potentially make big things happen for America's future.

The Defense of Marriage Act is up for review by the Supreme Court on Nov. 30. However, if the justices cannot decide, the date will be pushed back. If pushed back enough, hopefully Baldwin could have powerful influence on the outcome.

Republican Representative candidate for the 2nd Congressional District in Arizona, Martha McSally was also targeted as a stereotypical "woman in the kitchen."

(Take a look at the uploaded video to see Nancy Pelosi's PAC attack ad, "Recipe for Disaster" towards McSally). 

Personally, I hate stereotypes. 

Regardless if someone is gay or if they're male or female, they shouldn't be discriminated because of it. 

Everyone is still human and focusing on Tammy Baldwin being openly gay has nothing to do with her position in government or competency to serve.

No matter what party these women are affiliated with, I'm confident that they will do great things for our country.

 

For further reading on women in congress: "Political Winners Include Women Immigrants" and "2012 election boosts ranks of women in Congress"

 

*Rosie the Riveter photo credit: Google
*Hillary Clinton photo credit: Google
*Tammy Baldwin photo credit

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Blaue Vogel November 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Yay!!!! "women's issues". We're traveling into the fiscal abyss and you're still whining about your contraception. Please. And btw, Conservative women actually look and act like women.
Maggie November 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM
It is heartening to see more women in Congress. Maybe they will do a better job than the men who are usually more interested in holding onto power than getting things done. I hope the women will be able to focus on real issues that help families. You know, "women's issues" like healthcare, education, the national debt, taxes, the environment and immigration. Maybe women will be able to look beyond the next election cycle and find long term solutions. The men usually can't.
Aidan November 17, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Sure, can't trust men. No way. Not when it comes to education ... they're all neanderthals. Debt? Men are addicted to debt. They love it. It's genetic. Forget the environment ... they spend their free hours cutting trees down to size and tossing' garbage out the window as they drive. Same goes for healthcare ... everyone should just buck up, right? I was happy for the family comment, too. Men can't stand women ... or children. Just pawns. Good for using. I'm looking forward to our ladies-only armed forces confronting all the world maniacs. I'm sure they'll just settle 'em all down with a soft talk. Happens all the time. Men? What are they good for anyway? I bet I sound stupid. It's a guy thing. Sorry.
Nummy November 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Yep, that sums us up in a nutshell
Suzanne November 17, 2012 at 07:37 PM
"Women's" issues? I say people's issues. In the 19th century doctors espoused the belief that women's brains couldn't handle Higher Education! Women have a place at the table, besides serving at it. Perhaps, if only to provide a different perspective. Lord knows the last Congress didn't get out of the starting gate. The pants suit thing was something even HIllary joked about, when she conceded the primary in 2008. It was a tongue in cheek type of comment. What cracks me up is the old fashioned thinking reflected by the male comments above. Funny, I've even seen this attitude even in older women -- I guess, because of their upbringing: If you're a man, you're assertive. If you're a woman, you're a Bitch. If you're entusiastic: Man=Go-getter; Woman=Pushy. If you're direct: Man=Decisive Leader; Women=Unlady-like. What a bunch of Malarcky! I look forward to what these smart woman will bring to the Congress, as opposed to the nuts that spoke about magical enzymes that protected people from pregnancy and God's Willed rapes. Aiden, as my 15 year old son remarked after reading this, you're right you do sound stupid. Ironically and sadly, both you and Blaue sound like the Taliban.
Blaue Vogel November 17, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Sorry to disappoint you, Suzi, but I'm a female. I'm a conservative female, so I know that doesn't count much when it comes to politics, because Conservative women are (gasp) prolife. Abortion is not "health care" and birth control is not the responsibility of the taxpayer. Conservative women WANT to pay for their own birth control because the thought of being dependent on government is repulsive. Just like the thought of murdering our own unborn babies. We know this going in, which is why we take responsibility for our actions. Liberals take it out on the unborn child. Oh, and before you start droning on and on about rape, let me leave you with this: the vast majority of the over one million abortions done each year in this country are for matters of convenience. The less than one percent are done for matters of rape, incest & medical reasons combined. Murdering the innocent to the tune of one million per year. Who more resembles the Taliban now?
eatingdogfood November 17, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Bravo!
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 20, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Women really should not be allowed to vote, let alone run for office. What a mess we are getting into.
John Gruber November 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM
your blatant sexism is not only repulsive, it shows just how little you actually know. People like you are the direct cause of SO MANY problems in the world that are completely avoidable. Again, I bet your mother is so proud of you.
John Gruber November 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
you see it as a child, others see it as a 9 week old embryo. I personally hope women try to do everything possible to avoid it. But that's the beauty of it, women get to make their OWN decision regarding the reasons why they can't eventually have a baby,As a conservative I can imagine your position on welfare, so what would you do with the 1.3 million fertilized eggs that will eventually become people who need to be clothed and fed? And before you say "take responsibility", yea in a perfect world that would work, but there are irresponsible people and just plain accidental pregnancies from people who are actually responsible. Again, I myself am not personally 100% ok with it, but it should be up to the individual's beliefs
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Mom loves me. She thinks I am a traditional values kind of girl.
Suzanne November 21, 2012 at 09:36 PM
You've missed the whole point of what I said -- never meantioned birth control or pro-choice. But since you brought it up, (Suzi is not my name) what science degree do you have? Have you studied embryology? I have. As to Conservtism, I know democrats that are pro-life. You don't have the market cornered on morality, God, Jesus or what is right or wrong for an individual. It is a big fascade. Less Gov't? Just not in the bedroom,right? Once this precious "life" is brought to term, you don't want to feed, clothe, give health care or educate it. And, let's say a father rapes his daughter. The chances of genetic abnormality go way up. The expense of taking care of that pre-ordained-by-God-life go way up, yet you consrvatives were clapping and cheering when Ron Paul said, during the convention, if the man comes into the ER with a Heart Attack, he should be left to die. As to you're statistics -- where did they come from the Drudge Roport?
Suzanne November 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
You must have dragon speak, because I'm sure they didn't teach you to read and write. LOL! Either that, or you are being incredibly sarcastic.
Suzanne November 21, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Yay, this is what the spirit of the article is about. Seems needing to be pointed out!

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