Women Ready For Office In 2010

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | February 24, 2009 2:32 pm

Former Representative Florence Dwyer (R-NJ, 1957-1973) once explained:

A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.”

I’ve written about sex in Congress before because it’s a subject where the percentages could probably benefit from a bit of adjusting. By no means do I imply any candidate should be chosen based on number of X chromosomes, but as I’ve explained in the past, it’s important for women to be a larger part of the decision making process given we represent about 50% of the population. And according to this article, the forecast for the next election looks bright:

A slew of formidable female candidates, mostly Democrats, are lining up to run for the Senate in 2010, enough to raise the prospect of a surge of women into a chamber that currently has just 17 women senators.

It’s an encouraging prospect and I can think of a few seats that might be ready for a new face…


Comments (5)

  1. Maybe you should now write a post saying “Don’t be a woman in Congress: be a Congresswoman”

  2. Sheril, you missed the three “B’s”: Bennet (UT), Bond (MO) and Bunning (KY).

    All have presented very good reasons to seek their retirement, if Bunning hasn’t been sent down the minor leagues already.

  3. Mike Mitchell

    Like other members of our ill-advised, ignorant, blogging, buffoon electorate, no one, including a woman, should have been given the right to vote unless they PAID taxes and owned land. This country has been teading water ever since women were allowed to get involved in policy making and the vote was extended to every “disenfranchised” individual the “tax and spenders” could find. Sheeesh!!!


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.


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