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6 Reasons Why Ted Cruz Should Be the Republican Candidate for President

6 Reasons Why Ted Cruz Should Be the Republican Candidate for President

Even though he has been in the U.S. Senate for less than a year, Ted Cruz already is one of the most talked-about potential Presidential candidates for 2016. The...

 
Turnaround on Legalization of Marijuana?

Turnaround on Legalization of Marijuana?

Senator John McCain recently came out on record at a town hall meeting stating that it may be time to begin legalizing marijuana nationwide to his Arizona audience. McCain...

 
Expanding Medicaid Benefits & the Affordable Care Act

Expanding Medicaid Benefits & the Affordable Care Act

As mentioned earlier, Governor Tom Corbett will likely request on Monday, September 16, that the state extend Medicaid Benefits to low-income residents, which will...

 
Navigators for Healthcare Coverage Guidance in Pennsylvania

Navigators for Healthcare Coverage Guidance in Pennsylvania

The Patriot News reports that so far, Obamacare supporters in the state anticipate no problems with navigators trained to assist the public with finding insurance...

 
 

Michele Bachmann For President In 2012Women and politics are a powerful mixture that is growing in strength everyday. Both in terms of voting and candidacy, women’s political participation is on the rise. Most recently in the 2012 campaign season, Mia Love (R-Utah) and Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) put women front and center on the political stage. Bachmann, who was the first Republican woman elected to the House in Minnesota, was a symbol for Tea Party conservatives and women during her presidential bid. Likewise, Love championed Republican women and values during her campaign for the House and her primetime speech at the Republican National Convention.

Of course, the 2008 election season was a big deal for women in politics as now-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and former Gov. Sarah Palin both blazed trails toward the White House. While women made gains in terms of “cracks in the glass ceiling” as Sarah Palin put it, the election showed signs of bias by the media including their tendency to focus on physical and maternal characteristics of female candidates.

Tumulty_Karen1984 marked the election in which women took over as the gender who cast more ballots. Today, the gap has widened with nearly 10 million more women voting than men. Women as political candidates is an area also making gains, although the gains are significantly slower. The 2012 election resulted in a landmark number of female senators, making a full fifth of the Senate female. Meanwhile, the House currently has 77 female members out of 435. Only six governors across the country are women. These numbers make the need for more women to be involved in politics clear. Yet Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post points out that the 2012 elections made it clear that a female political candidate is no longer remarkable and that gender is playing less and less of a role in the races.

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