November 26, 2012

Infographic: Election 2012 A Remarkable Year For Women In Politics

US Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) the Senator-elect from Wisconsin chat.
This Nov. 13, 2012 file photo shows Sen-elect Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Sen-elect, current Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. walking together on Capitol Hill in Washington. When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer of the tea party-backed 2010 House GOP freshmen who sought re-election.

The Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University (Rutgers Rah!)  prepared an infographic to give us a visual idea of the changes in the 113th Session of Congress that begins in 2013.  

The year 2012 was a remarkable year for women in politics. In the next session of Congress, there will be a record number of women serving in the US Senate (20). In the US House of Representatives, there will be a record number of women serving in that body (81). [NOTE: Because the results of all 435 races in the House were not available, the infographic shows 78 women elected to the House when the actual number is 81.]


I’m going on record to say that I think our political system, and how we run elections, needs to be redesigned and reformed from the ground up. The first step to reform is establishing a non-partisan federal agency to run elections, make the rules, and enforce uniform election rules across the country
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We need to establish mandatory voting for all citizens. Whether we adopt a vote by mail model, or we have a hybrid system where you could vote at the polls, or via mail, or via the internet, we must reform the system.

It should be our goal that the House and Senate is made up of 50% men and 50% women. That would end the gridlock in Washington. Since there are two Senators from every state, that should be an easy fix.

The House of Representatives needs to increase in size, just as it was intended. The House is supposed to be the “people’s House,” with it increasing in size as our population grows. We need to have 3 or 4 thousand members of Congress, so that we all know who our representative is. It would reduce the amounts of money spent on campaigns, and it would comply with what our founding fathers intended. I also believe we should have 50% men and 50% women in the House.

It’s a great year for women and it’s great for our democracy.

What do you think?




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