Women in Charge??


Referenced from the private collection of Jill Norgren and Wendy Chmielewski

Maybe I’m naive, but I thought that women in politics was no longer something to talk about.  I was surprised to read an article from Politico Magazine regarding Iowa’s “woman problem” and the race for governor.  To be fair, a lot of the article discusses the 1994 campaign and how people just “weren’t ready for a woman to be governor.”  The article is about the possibility of Hillary Clinton running, but that’s not exactly what I want to talk about.  It seems to insinuate that now they may be ready, but if it’s taken until 2014 for them to trust a woman to be governor, then there are other things that need to happen in Iowa.  They need a gender-vention.  It scares me to see and hear that other people still have any doubts about women’s ability to lead people.  Women’s involvement in politics is such a standard, normal occurrence in most of the U.S. that I guess a couple states lagging behind is shocking.  I suppose as long as things continue to change and grow, then a couple late-bloomers isn’t the end of the world.


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