Welcome Women of the 113th Congress

Happy New Year! My goal for 2013 is to be a more active blogger for women’s issues, and also to continue to highlight women in history who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of our nation. Let us start out this year by congratulating the amazing women who are serving in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress. We celebrate the 20 female senators and the 78 members of the House. There was a slight increase in female representation. However, considering that women comprise 50% of our population, these numbers are not nearly enough. We have a long way to go. In the Republican led House, not one woman leads a major, high-profile committee. In fact, there was so much grumbling, House Speaker John Boehner was all but forced to appoint Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan as Chair of the House Administration Committee, which oversees the cafeteria. Seriously, there is a lot more to the committee, but cafeteria and office space are part of it. It is no secret the Republicans have a “woman Issue.” It is our responsibility to seek out others who want to serve. As I noted in my previous blog, we need more women in both parties to be able to increase support for the ideals and issues women deem important. No one will do it for us!

Now on a more positive note. Although we are not in the majority, we can make a difference. There are many areas that need to be attended to, including the renewal of the Violence Against Women’s Act and the gender wage gap, which I will write about in shortly. Women offer diversity. They approach negotiations differently than men, and they engender more civility. Within Congress, they are a tight knit community that strives to support each other.

Now they need our support. Voice your opinions: text, email, Twitter, call, post on Facebook, yes, even write letters when you want something addressed that you care about. Resolve to make 2013 the year you get involved.

Let me know what you think.

Hannah