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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:21 AM

Senate Swears in a Historic 20 Female Senators

Today the Senate will make history, swearing in a record-breaking 20 female senators 16 Democrats and 4 Republicans in office.

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"I can't tell you the joy that I feel in my heart to look at these 20 gifted and talented women from two different parties, different zip codes to fill this room," Sen. Barbara Mikulksi, D-Md., said while surrounded by the group of women senators. "In all of American history only 16 women had served. Now there are 20 of us."

The rest: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-swears-historic-20-female-senators-154104805.html

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JaneyVee Jan 2013 OP
malaise Jan 2013 #1
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #2
davidn3600 Jan 2013 #4
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #5
AZ Progressive Jan 2013 #6
Berlum Jan 2013 #3
ProSense Jan 2013 #7

Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:22 AM

1. Bravo New Hampshire

An all female team

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:22 AM

2. That is wonderful ...

but at the same time, holy crap, we have a long way to go.

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Response to LisaLynne (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:28 AM

4. Here is a good list of all the countries and the percentage of women in the legislature

As of May of last year, the United States ranked #79.

http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/arc/classif310512.htm

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Response to davidn3600 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:45 AM

5. Thanks.

Good info, but

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Response to davidn3600 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:53 AM

6. LOL, We make many "third world" countries look progressive

Even Uganda, the notoriously anti-gay country, has a legislature that is 35% women. Rwanda has the highest percentage of lower house members that are women, about 56%. Andorra has one legislative body, that is 50% women.

Saudi Arabia, one of our "good" allies, has NO women in their legislature, and thus backs the idea that Saudi Arabia is one of the worst countries in the world for women's rights. In fact, they are:

"Women in Saudi Arabia are treated as lifelong dependents, under the guardianship of a male relative. Deprived of the right to drive a car or mix with men publicly, they are confined to strictly segregated lives on pain of severe punishment."

http://www.feministezine.com/feminist/international/Ten-Worst-Countries-for-Women.html

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:23 AM

3. "Damn it." - The Old Boys (R)

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:06 AM

7. Excellent. n/t

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