November 17, 2015 Articles

The Name of the Game Is Politics, and the Rules Are Forever Changed

By Blaze R. Douglas

In case you have not heard, there are two women running in primaries for their respective political parties in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Three women currently sit on the highest court in the land. In the United States Congress, 104 women serve, with 20 women senators and 84 women representatives. Seventy-eight women currently hold statewide executive office positions. We have women mayors in 256 cities, and 17 of those cities are among the largest in the country. In state legislatures, 1,793 women represent their local communities as senators or representatives, many also maintaining full-time jobs while they serve. On average, female politicians make up an estimated 20–25 percent of their respective political bodies, as reported by the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.

Today, we have the highest percentage of women in political office in the United States Congress, state legislatures, and statewide elective positions in our nation’s history. In addition to serving as politicians, women have made an increasingly meaningful impact in politics through their growing turnout at the polls.

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