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The Sciences

Women Ready For Office In 2010

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumFebruary 25, 2009 1:32 AM

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Former Representative Florence Dwyer (R-NJ, 1957-1973) once explained:

"A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog."

I've written about sex in Congress before because it's a subject where the percentages could probably benefit from a bit of adjusting. By no means do I imply any candidate should be chosen based on number of X chromosomes, but as I've explained in the past, it's important for women to be a larger part of the decision making process given we represent about 50% of the population. And according to this article, the forecast for the next election looks bright:

A slew of formidable female candidates, mostly Democrats, are lining up to run for the Senate in 2010, enough to raise the prospect of a surge of women into a chamber that currently has just 17 women senators.

It's an encouraging prospect and I can think of a few seats that might be ready for a new face...

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