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August 19, 2010 by USA Post
19th Amendment, Ninety years after the 19th Amendment enshrined a woman’s right to political participation in the U.S. Constitution, women may have one of their most influential in U.S. politics, however,anlysts say.
The first 50 years of U.S. women’s suffrage was “votes without leverage,” a book of the same name Anna Harvey, a political scientist at the University of New York. But women’s influence in politics is now stronger than ever, and seems to be growing with each successive election cycle.
At least 13 women, a record will win a major party nomination for U.S. Senate this year, assuming three female owners – Lisa Murkowski (R) Alaska, Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York and Barbara Mikulski (D) of Maryland – pass a primary token opposition next month.
In the non-elected side of things, there are three judges in the Supreme Court, as Elena Kagan took the oath of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is the first woman to head the House of Representatives. And Secretary of State of the United States has been a woman of 10 of the last 14 years, with Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Rodham Clinton all serving as diplomat in chief of the country.
The changes reflect the changes in the electorate. More women than men have voted in every presidential election since 1960. Four times since 1976, over 60 percent of women voted in a presidential election, the men have reached the figure of 60 per cent stake only once during that period, according to the Center of Rutgers University for American Women and Politics.
However, despite progress, the gap remains between the participation of women in mass politics and participation of women in the highest levels of the political game, says Jennifer Lawless, a political scientist at American University.
“Women to the polls in larger numbers than men, that women can often be the decisive bloc in an election,” said Ms. Lawless. “Still, women do not see elections as much as men.”
However, in their collective effect on mass politics, political influence of women is high. Women’s groups are increasingly seen as the key to electoral victory for both sides.
In the 1990s, the block was decisive “moms”, the growing class suburban mothers whose primary concerns are education and the economy. After 9 / 11 attacks, “security moms” concerned about t*rror*sm were courted by both parties and accredited for the supply of the victory of George W. Bush ‘s in 2004, which found a greater percentage of votes from women than any other Republican presidential candidate since his father.
No law says that both parties, and especially Democrats, are now recognizing they need a strong supporter of women to win elections. This evident in the way of presenting the platforms to the public. “Women’s issues” are not the focus, but the way you see women’s issues.
“Both sides today really try to frame the issues in terms of the [women],” says Lawless. “Security is framed as, ‘How to keep children safe?” The economy is framed as, ‘How I can put food on the table? “How I can pay for college?”
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