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More Maureen Dowd:

More women voted than men. Five women were newly elected to the Senate, and the number of women in the House will increase by at least three. New Hampshire will be the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress. Live Pink or Dye.

Meanwhile, as Bill Maher said, “all the Republican men who talked about lady parts during the campaign, they all lost.”

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  • Trevor Wright

    I think this is very encouraging news overall for the community. It just goes to show you how far the country has come from the time when women were unable to vote. Hopefully women of other states will get in on the act. On another somewhat related note, it would be interesting to see the splits in men and women votes for massachusetts. Although I voted in New Hampshire and did not know too much about those who ran for the Massachusetts Senator position, it seemed like many men in Mass that voted for Scott Brown were extremely upset that Elizabeth Warren was elected to office. Meanwhile, when I talk to women that voted in Mass, they seemed to be happy that Warren got into the office. I would just be curious to know if the proportion of females that voted had any kind of notable influence on Warren getting in.

  • zdranove

    Everyone here praises the fact that more women are being elected to congress and more women are voting. I too believe this is positive. Nonetheless, it raises some questions in my mind. Are more women voting than men because there are actually more women in the U.S than there are men?
    Or, are more women voting than men because less and less men are voting?

    There has been increasing evidence that less men are getting college degrees while more and more women are actually getting college degrees.

    I wonder if there is a correlation between getting college degrees and voting, and whether it could have been predicted prior to the election that more women would vote than men due to the fact that more women are going to college than men.

    It’s all very interesting. While we all should be happy that women are achieving their goals, I think it’s also important that the entire trend be studied more rigorously to see what it means for the future of the U.S, the future of men.

  • Robert_Page

    This is great, yet interesting at the same time. The gender balance occurring in all industries and governments worldwide is definitely a move in the right direction mainly focused on getting the most qualified and best “man” for the job in the right positions.
    Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729511792 Dylan J. Kaplan

    The fact that more women are becoming elected officials is fantastic. The balance of representation throughout our government is changing for the better. But it is important to note that while the number of women in politics is increasing, it is because of their qualities as a leader and their ability, not their sex. President Obama was not elected to the presidency because he was an African American. He was elected to the office because the American people believed that he was the best person for the job. Polarizing gender and race in politics is destructive. As the country moves forward and becomes blind to what everyone looks like physically, why not just focus on what they have to offer.

  • Arielle Assayag

    I also think that this is a good step in the right direction. Not necessarily that there are more women in congress now then ever, but the fact that there seems to be a balance between genders now. Some years more men, some years more women. There is a great interactive map that breaks down the ratios of women in office in the states at this link: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/

    Also, more countries around the world are making an effort to involve more women in politics “In March, India voted to require 30% female representation in government. In January, France voted to require 40% female board membership in business. Today, half of all national governments include some form of legally required minimumsfor women, while the U.S. remains on the sidelines of an international race to equality. Our absence offers a clear reminder that other countries — and many countries considered less advanced — deal more openly than Americans on issues of gender inequity.” Taken from a very interesting article from USA today
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-10-13-column13_ST_N.htm

    I think it’s important to make this information widely known. It will motivate both genders, and possibly different ethnicities to vote. Maybe they will realize the direct reaction to a majority of a certain demographic voting more than others.

  • Sarah Hu

    This is great. I believe this is an auspicious step in the right direction.

  • Deanna Rosenberg

    Thanks to women like Barb Mikulski, who is still serving in the US senate and is the longest-serving woman in the history of US Congress, 20 women will be serving in the senate and at least 80 in the house. And speaking of Barb Mikulski, some of them have remained exceptional at cooking ;). I’ve heard her crab cake recipe is a huge hit on capital hill.