I follow hundreds of feminist activists on Twitter and was surprised that during last night's SuperBowl half-time show very few of them were as disturbed as I by Beyonce's overly sexy show. I am a fan of Beyonce and some of this might be generational (I'm 56), but her show felt more like a Victoria's Secret runway than mid-field at the SuperBowl.
"Women made the difference in the 2012 election, and it's only just begun," Emily's List CEO Stephanie Schriock told reporters at the National Press Club last week, discussing the record number of women elected to the United States legislature in 2012, key growth in state and local races, and what needs to happen to keep this momentum going.
Regardless of our respective political leanings, we all can agree that the 2012 election cycle can only be characterized as historic. When the confetti cleared in the wee hours of November 7, nineteen women found themselves holding positions as newly elected officials. Whether on the ticket or at the campaign rallies, women and women’s issues played crucial and decisive roles in this campaign cycle. Reproductive health took center stage, followed closely by issues related to fair pay, and marriage equality. What failed to make the news feed? Caregiving....more
As you've probably heard, Michelle Bachmann announced on Monday that she would be running for the office of President in 2012. Bachmann is now the first 2012 female candidate to announce her candidacy, but there may very well be more in the coming months. This is a crucial moment in our history to change the way media represents women....more
Not happy with how things turned out in the 2010 election? Or excited and fired-up by the results? Either way, it's not too early to start thinking about how to get involved for 2012. And rather than let this opportunity slip by, I wanted to write a little bit about what I've learned after eight years of being actively involved in politics. It's actually much easier than you might think to get connected and to make a difference.
Welcome to She vs. Her -- where we ask two bloggers with different perspectives to make their case. This week: Jill Miller Zimon and American Princes talk about what Nancy Pelosi should do next.
For months working up to yesterday's Midterm election races, headline after headline sported some version of "year of the woman" or "year of the GOP woman" or "Dem women face losses due to year of the GOP woman" or "Mama Grizzlies growl through year of the woman" or...you get the idea.
So how did women do?
Quick hits (information based on data from the Center for American Women in Politics)
More than any other race pitting two women together, the race for Congress in Minnesota's sixth district features two women who are exact opposites: Michele Bachmann (R) who is seeking her third term against Tarryl Clark (D).