Gender and Politics

Issues of gender and politics have played a fundamental role in American history since the country's founding fathers penned, “All men are created equal.” Since those words were written, women have struggled for fair and equal representation in government, media, and society as a whole.

After the 2006 midterm election, women occupied only 16.3% of the seats in the House of Representatives, 16% of the seats in the Senate, 18% of state gubernatorial positions, and 14.4% of the mayoral positions in the largest cities in America. While these numbers are not representational of the percentage of females living within the United States, they can at least be regarded as a modest improvement for a country that did not allow women to vote until 1920, when the ...

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