More women in Congress. This is one of the things I’d like to see. The news broke this Tuesday that there are now 100 women in Congress for the first time ever. This is up from ZERO in 1916, so that’s definitely some progress. Even so, it is a far cry from equity. There are 535 seats in Congress (the House and Senate combined). 100 represents less than 19% of that figure.
Considering that women represent somewhere around 50% of the American population, we as a society will have to elect more than twice as many women to these roles if balance is to be achieved. Hopefully, we will. And soon. Both for fairness and representation’s sake, but also to balance out the rather male-dominated outlook in the halls of national leadership. The perspectives that women bring can be much different from those of men, and I think it is high time that their wisdom–individual and collective–should find its place as an equal member at the table of Congressional power.
While one woman served in Congress starting in 1917, women have only been allowed (a crazy word to use which, while accurate, is still astounding) to vote in national elections since 1920. It is now nearly 100 years later and we still haven’t come close to equal representation in Congress. Times are changing, though–and quickly. I just hope and trust it won’t take another 100 years to get to where we should be.
At least 267 women in Congress. That’s one of the things I’d like to see in my lifetime.