September 23 2011
Nicole Kurokawa Neily
I thought this was a joke when I read it… but no, it’s not. A sizeable faction in Pennsylvania is pushing for GENDER to be a consideration as the state’s legislative map is being redrawn.
Via Real Clear Politics:
"Women may lose ground in this redistricting process," said Dana Brown, the executive director of Chatham University's Center for Women and Politics.
Brown and others noted that Pennsylvania ranks 42nd among states in that regard, with women comprising just 17.4 percent of the Legislature.
Heather Arnet, executive officer of Pittsburgh-based Women and Girls Foundation, noted that it's a longstanding problem, since Pa. ranked 43rd among states in 1975.
About 15 politicians and members of the public spoke at the heading at the Duquesne University School of Law, and several also asked that Pittsburgh's House District 22 be kept intact.
Ugh… so many angry thoughts… where… to… begin…
If you have a problem with the number of women in elected office – start there. Encourage more women to run (see the Women’s Campaign Fund’s “She Should Run” program as an example). Term limit the existing guys out of office. But for pete’s sake, don’t draw districts to create safe seats for women.
Women are capable of fighting, running, and winning seats on their own merit. To try and give them a leg up (which implies that they need that extra little bit of help) is a slap in the face for equality.