"This humanity of woman, carried in her womb through all her suffering and humiliation, will come to light when she has stripped off the conventions of mere femaleness in the transformations of her outward status, and those men who do not yet feel it approaching will be astonished by it. Someday (and even now, especially in the countries of northern Europe, trustworthy signs are already speaking and shining), someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, but something in itself, something that makes one think not of any complement and limit, but only of life and reality: the female human being." Rilke
17 women in our 100 person Senate representing the female 52% of the U.S. population
Only 64 women in both houses of Congress
Women and the economy: we are more often heads of household and own a growing portion of small businesses
Fewer women run for office
Women’s issues discussed in recent and relevant legislation: Medicare (women live longer than men), head of household deductions, job creation (women are regaining jobs after the recession at a rate of 9% compared to 27% for men), healthcare coverage for women’s health issues
I’m not saying it’s not possible for an overwhelmingly male legislature to adequately advocate for and ensure women’s rights and needs, but I’m saying I’d feel better if we were repping ourselves. Is there a reason we shouldn’t be 52% of Congress?