As a minority in Congress, women have had little say or the power to make a difference. But the 113th Congress is now being served by 20 female senators and 82 female representatives. Can these powerful women of the 113th Congress change U.S. politics?
The majority of the American public expects hope and change for their votes, compared to the unproductive and 'naysaying operations of the previous terms of a confrontational Congress. The U.S. Embassy reports, “What I find is, with all due deference to our male colleagues, that women's styles tend to be more collaborative,” Senator Susan Collins (Republican from Maine) told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.
“I can tell you this is a can-do crowd," said Senator Barbara Mikulski (Democrat from Maryland) of the Democratic and Republican women senators after their swearing-in. "We are today ready to be a force in American politics."
Women in the 113th U.S. Congress.
This change may be difficult at best, especially when the 20 female senators in the House face 233 of the same testosterone-driven male House Representatives. In other words, the House itself has not changed so much, when 19 of the open positions were filled with the same ‘good ol’ white boys who voted unanimously against equal pay for men and women in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Second-term Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri, agrees that women have a long way to go in order to make a difference within politics. She feels that the same number of women in the Senate should represent women's population percentage, which has not happened yet. But others are more positive.
The Hispanic Business states that according to Ruth Mandel, from the Center for American Women and Politics, the ranks of women in Congress will make a huge difference in things like the "Violence Against Women Act," crafted by Biden in 1994. It successfully dealt with the investigation and prosecution of domestic and sexual abuse, until it ran into a dead end with the 112th Congress.
"I can't say because the women are there that we won't go over the next fiscal cliff," Mandel said, "but women have a historic opportunity to become a formidable force for no-nonsense problem solving and leadership."
A large number of women are now the primary breadwinners of their families for many reasons, with approximately 60% of women as undergraduate and graduate students. Women now play a huge role in reshaping the country's economy, politics and the world; they helped place President Obama in for a second term and helped vote a large number of women into office.
At no other time in history have women been more suited for presidency of the United States. In 2016, five women are considered qualified to run, according to Yahoo! News.
The current favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination is a woman, and there are at least four other potential candidates in both parties.
Prospective candidates are Hillary Clinton; Senator Elizabeth Warren; the former Secretary of State in the Bush administration, Condoleezza Rice; Sarah Palin; and Susanna Martinez, the current governor of New Mexico.
In 1864, Republican President Abraham Lincoln chose Democrat Andrew Johnson to replace Hannibal Hamlin as Vice President. Therefore, depending on how things go in the next four years, there may be a female president and female vice-president in 2016, regardless of the party. Clinton could run with Michelle Obama by her side, or Elizabeth Warren.
The hope and change President Obama has ran on for two terms is now beginning to see daylight ... through women in politics.
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