Thursday, October 25, 2012
Some Awesome Women Candidates You Should Know About
One of my great passions is women's political participation, something that I have not be able to devote enough time to of late. You may remember when I wrote about Mindy Myers, I promised to highlight some positive role model female candidates this election cycle.
Why women you may ask? Did you know that women make up 52% of the American electoral yet just 17% of Congress? Not only that, but women are shown to be responsive to constituent communications, more likely to reach across the aisle and more likely to address issues that disproportionately affect women, like human trafficking, breast cancer research and reproductive rights.
But there is good news! Thanks to an unprecedented number of female candidates this cycle, we have the opportunity to increase the number of female representatives in Congress to an all time high. As readers will likely remember, when women run they win at the same rates as men. Huffington Post offers a fabulous map of all the women up for Congressional election on Nov 6th, but I've chosen to highlight these three.
Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat, Hawaii 2nd
Gabbard is an Iraq war veteran and the youngest women ever elected to a state legislature. At 19, she founded her own non-proft focused on Hawaiian environmental and community health issues. On top of all that, Gabbard is Hindu and a first generation immigrant from American Samoa, bringing some much needed diversity to Congress.
Tammy Baldwin, Democrat, Wisconsin
Baldwin is the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Wisconsin. If elected this time she will be the first openly gay person in the United States Senate, as well as Wisconsin's first female Senator. As a Congresswoman, she voted against the invasion of Iraq and fought for the passage of the Affordable Care Act and sponsored legislation to provide access to early education programs for underprivileged families.
Grace Meng, Democrat, New York 6th
I'm just yanking this one from Jezebel because they sum it up perfectly. "The 36-year-old Chinese-American former public interest lawyer has spent her career in the New York State Legislature doing the opposite of declaring a War on Women. She supported a law that would have required all New York universities to provide emergency contraception to any student who requested it and supported a bill that would have required health insurance companies to cover prescription formula. She's also called Rush Limbaugh on his bullshit when radio's loudest fart said some racist stuff about Chinese President Hu Jintao."
We will talk, much MUCH more after the election. In the meantime go vote for some (qualified) women!