Women in Government

1287 Words Dec 9th, 2012 6 Pages
Are You Involved?
By: Kathleen Maag Growing up in a conservative religious home, it was joked that a woman should be seen and not heard. This happened more often when I acted out and voiced my opinion as to why I should have a cell phone while attending high school. But as I looked around and became more involved in school and community, it wasn’t a joke anymore. Women in the United States are not involved enough in politics and government. Women are underrepresented in political offices at the national and local levels. Currently, only 17 women serve in the United States Senate out of 100 seats and only 16 percent of the United States House of Representatives are female. Why is this a problem? Legislatures, the House of
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To a high degree that is true. Take a look at our nation’s elections. We claim being a multi party country when almost every political office being held is a Democrat or Republican. If a person doesn’t have a backing of either the Republican or Democrat party, their chances of winning are slim. Women are also more likely to cite their party, rather than an organization, as the most influential source of encouragement for their candidacies, and who is to blame them? These political parties will either help you soar to the position wanted or drag you down to defeat.
Look at the national conventions for example. Without the backing of the Republican Party, Governor Huntsman’s campaign was dead in the water. The political party makes or breaks a candidate. Over night, Sarah Palin became an idol, and a punching bag for jokes, with the backing of the Republican Party. The promotion of her running in the presidential campaign lead to her own television series documenting her life as governor in Alaska. Fundraising for women also becomes a set back. According to Opensecrets.org, the top three women who enjoyed incumbency advantage in 2008 raised approximately $33 million, $16 million less than the total for the top three male incumbents. In highly competitive races, the gap between the top-raising female and male U.S. Senate challengers in 2008 was almost $14 million (Senator Kay Hagan raised $8.5 million and Al Franken $22.5 million), $8 million more than the
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