Nov 29, 2020
In the US today, more and more women are gaining seats in State Congresses. In my home state of Michigan 36% of all seats, in all State legislatures, that number is 28.9%. More and more women are becoming congressional leaders every day. We will soon have a woman Vice-President. If you are running a political campaign and you look for help, you will see literally hundreds of organizations dedicated to help women raise funds, and get training on how to win their campaign. With the advent of the internet, nation wide and in some cases, world wide assistance is available to every woman with a PC. Now search for help available to a man who is in the same socio-economic conditions as the women running. There is literally no help aside from that provided by the major parties, and those parties (Republican and Democrat) are focused on helping women get into office. I don't disagree that there was a problem 40 years ago, but the pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction very few new men are running. What we are seeing is men who have been in politics for decades running against 28 year old women and having a hard time competing with the ladies when fund raising, and even the press giving preference to the ladies. Over the next 10 years I predict that women will have more than 60%, perhaps even 67% of all the State Congressional seats. Of course, this isn't a bad thing, women can legislate just as well as men, no doubt. And I'm certainly not making any comment about the "fairness" of today's landscape, the historic unfairness towards women would make such a comment hypocritical. But I think it's safe to say that women are most certainly not disadvantaged in politics today.