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article imageElizabeth Warren — Her impact for women and politics

By Nancy Houser     Nov 13, 2012 in Politics
Voters have changed the status quo of the U.S. government by voting in a more feminine political viewpoint for American women for the first time in history. One such win was the powerful Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts.
Congress now consists of 81 women in the House of Representatives and 20 women in the Senate. And ... Florida is still counting votes. The NY Times reports that "All six Democratic women up for re-election in the Senate won their races, and five first-timers were elected: four Democrats and one Republican."
With a different political perspective, Time Newsfeed reports that the women voted in are promising that "The newly elected female members of Congress do not all represent the same party, but they vow to represent all women once they are sworn into office."
Included in the political wins are Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, the first state female senator to be voted into office; Representative Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who will become the nation’s first openly gay senator; Deb Fisher, the first woman to represent Nebraska in the Senate since 1954; and the state of New Hampshire, sending in the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation.
According to OpenSecrets, Elizabeth Warren raised $39.2 million, compared to Brown's $26.2 million. Only 2% of her funding came from PACs, while most of her funding came from out of state for a 54% win.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is said to be feared by many Republicans for numerous reasons. This leaves the question, of all the newly elected women in the 2012 election, why is Elizabeth Warren so dangerous to the Republicans?
Described as an excitable grandmother with an Oklahoma accent who won on bread and butter issues, many Republicans are wondering how this strong heroine of the political left will handle American politics that require an "unyielding brawler and bipartisan compromise."
Washington Post states that Warren once spoke of her willingness to leave "blood and teeth on the floor" in her fight for consumer protection.
Elizabeth Warren is also an expert on Wall Street, quoted by the Daily Beast as yet "being so little beholden to it" while liberals and Democrats are creatures of the financial services industry because of provided campaign money. Warren won the money race without their help, running against the financial services industry.
"The question is how she will express her fiery progressivism in the deliberative body, where deference and seniority are often prized more than bravado," according to Washington Post.
Warren has a reputation for being "one of the nation’s preeminent chroniclers of middle-class decline and then as the outspoken head of a congressional panel established to oversee the 2008 Wall Street bailout." Many feel that she did not court the spotlight so much as the spotlight courted her, especially when she set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the protection of American citizens.
But according to the Daily Beast, nothing was so self-defeating as Republicans’ refusal to confirm Elizabeth Warren in 2011 as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency she conceived and stood up for—in the face of opposition from within the administration, Congress, and the vast financial industry lobbying complex.
Many progressives hope she will add transparency to Wall Street, making complex financial lingo accessible will help their cause.
“It will make a huge practical difference,” notes Lisa Donner, executive director at American Financial Reform, Washington, D.C., the big public interest group. Warren’s victory “feels like a vindication of an argument that we have made: the way to fight back on Wall Street reform is not to compromise and muddy the water, it is to stand up and clarify the situation, according to the Daily Post.
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