Friday, May 7, 2010

Feminism is not a bad word

Why don't Utah women participate more in politics? The D-News doesn't exactly answer the question but does consider it. It's true that there are more men than women in politics nationwide (the Provo Municipal Council being an interesting exception), so it's not like this is solely a Utah issue. However, only three women have served on Utah's congressional delegation in the last 110 years. At the state level, five of the 29 senators are women and 18 out of 75 representatives are women. Utah has had one female governor, Olene Walker, who was not elected.
The biggest divide I saw was partisan. Four of the female senators are Democrats; that's half of the Democratic senators. 11 of the female reps are Democrats, also half of the Democratic representation.
Yet another reason I'd rather be a D than an R. It just seems like a more inviting atmosphere.
There are a couple of different trains of thought on what drives women to a political party. A recent survey said women are just more likely to be Democrat across the board, while a USA Today article from 2004 said marital status is actually a better indicator of party; single women are more likely to be Ds.
So really, it's not my fault that I don't want to follow the R party line. It's because of my estrogen and my singlehood.

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