Where are the women in elective office? It’s a good question, especially when discussions affecting women are increasingly made in male-dominated legislatures.
For example, 26 states enacted abortion restrictions in 2011. Who can forget the Virginia proposal, later amended, that would have forced an invasive vaginal wand sonogram on women before an abortion? Even a women’s right to contraceptive coverage is up for debate. President Obama was right when he said male politicians shouldn’t be making decisions on behalf of women. But what if no women are in the room when policies are created or destroyed?
Many things conspire against women running for office. They’re still the primary caregivers in most families and usually wait until children are grown to venture into politics. They tend not to come from cash-rich networks in law or corporate offices, all-important for fundraising. [MORE]