Posted by: Amelia | June 12, 2007

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Woman Candidate

With some consistency, the state of Virginia has been near the bottom of the heap in terms of female representation in its state legislature. While the legislature is currently at an all-time high of 17% female, there is still an obvious need for more women’s voices in Richmond. Seventeen percent is not enough to represent half of the population (plus change). It’s important to note, though, that even the best states aren’t ideal; my own home state of Washington set the high water mark of about 41% and held the top spot for ten years, but has since fallen to 33% and eighth place.

Today is the Virignia state primary; for whatever reason, Virginia holds its state elections in the “off” years. The women’s organization I am interning for is sending a delegation to hold signs and go door-to-door for a pro-choice Democratic woman candidate in Northern Virginia. It’ll be a long, hot, and tiring day, but I’m excited to get out there and do some politicking on the ground in what is becoming very much a purple state. I’ll post results and thoughts at the end of the day.

In the meantime: where does your state rank?

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  1. Good luck canvasing today! The Old Dominion definitely needs more women in its legislature … I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Your hard work is much appreciated!


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