Friday, January 05, 2007

You Go, Girls!

Yesterday was a historic day for women. Not only was the first ever female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, sworn in, but more women than ever are in the 110th Congress.

A record 90 women will be in the 110th Congress: 74 in the House (including 3 non-voting delegates) and 16 in the Senate. While that's very admirable, and we've definitely "come a long way, baby" since 1920 when we got the vote, when you consider that there are 435 members of the House and 100 in the Senate, it's definitely still an Old Boy's Club.

But hopefully this is changing. Nancy Pelosi now holds the Speaker's gavel, and like her or hate her, it's a wonderful step forward for women that she's now second in line to the Presidency. And many people consider another female Democrat, Hillary Clinton (one of those 16 women in the Senate), to be the front-runner for the 2008 presidency.

What will a more female-friendly House and Senate mean for America? Experts predict that family issues, particularly those related to children, will play a larger role.

But it's not just women who are contribut to the increase in diversity in the 110th. This is also the first time we've had a Muslim Member and two Buddhists. We're seeing our first ever black Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee (Harlem Congressman, Charles Rangel). You may have never heard of Ways and Means, but believe me, it's a VERY powerful committee, with jurisdiction over spending and tax policy. And Michigan Congressman John Conyers is the first black Chairmain of the Judiciary Committee.

There's still only one black Senator, Barack Obama (the third ever black Senator), but he, too, has been heralded as a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Anyway, score one for diversity!

Posted by Amanda Brice :: 11:18 AM :: 1 comments

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