The Intersection

Women Ready For Office In 2010

Former Representative Florence Dwyer (R-NJ, 1957-1973) once explained:

A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.”

I’ve written about sex in Congress before because it’s a subject where the percentages could probably benefit from a bit of adjusting. By no means do I imply any candidate should be chosen based on number of X chromosomes, but as I’ve explained in the past, it’s important for women to be a larger part of the decision making process given we represent about 50% of the population. And according to this article, the forecast for the next election looks bright:

A slew of formidable female candidates, mostly Democrats, are lining up to run for the Senate in 2010, enough to raise the prospect of a surge of women into a chamber that currently has just 17 women senators.

It’s an encouraging prospect and I can think of a few seats that might be ready for a new face…


  1. #1 Ashutosh
    February 24, 2009

    Maybe you should now write a post saying “Don’t be a woman in Congress: be a Congresswoman”

  2. #2 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    February 24, 2009
  3. #3 Wes Rolley
    February 24, 2009

    Sheril, you missed the three “B’s”: Bennet (UT), Bond (MO) and Bunning (KY).

    All have presented very good reasons to seek their retirement, if Bunning hasn’t been sent down the minor leagues already.

  4. #4 Mike Mitchell
    February 25, 2009

    Like other members of our ill-advised, ignorant, blogging, buffoon electorate, no one, including a woman, should have been given the right to vote unless they PAID taxes and owned land. This country has been teading water ever since women were allowed to get involved in policy making and the vote was extended to every “disenfranchised” individual the “tax and spenders” could find. Sheeesh!!!

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