Today is a big deal. A really big deal. Today there are more women in the United States Senate than there have every been before. A whole twenty of them – which isn’t even close to the fifty it ought to be, but okay. It’s a step in the right direction for the nation that fell from #17 to #22 in the 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. I can’t do them justice on my own, so I thought I’d share the wisdom of the blogosphere as well as alternately infuriating and informative stories from the national news media. Enjoy! (And don’t forget to write your favorite female senator a letter of congratulations for her success.)
- A shout out to the fiancé, Mark, for his thoughtful post on the history of women in the Senate: One Score: The 20 Women of the U.S. Senate.
- Named one of BlogHer’s best female political voices of the year, Hello Ladies weighs in on What to Expect from the Women of the Senate.
- Senator Amy Klouchbar (D-MN) jokes about a line in the women’s bathroom…and Huffington Post gets a little giddy about it.
- Diane Sawyer of ABC News gives us a sneak peak of her interview with all twenty women. (Spoiler: They say they’d have solved the fiscal cliff problem already.)
- Jezebel celebrates Deb Fischer, Nebraska’s First Female Senator, and takes a closer look at why New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is all female. (The feminist blog also calls out the New York Times for calling New Hampshire “pink” and describing it as a matriarchy.) (No really. That happened.)
- The Onion calls forth it’s typical sample of public opinion.
- MSNBC airs an awesome interview with two D.C. professors on the trend toward fairer representation of female politicians by the media.
- Finally, for some good old-fashioned information, see The Guardian’s list of our twenty female senators.
- Also, this nifty graph from Nerd Wallet and this interactive map from The National Journal.