Earlier this week and to the surprise of pretty much everyone, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announced that she would not be running for re-election this year. Snowe has served as Senator since 1994, when she became the first woman to have served in both houses of a State Senate as well as both houses of Congress. Her departure brings up some interesting points to ponder. Read More Senator Olympia Snowe to Retire from the Senate
Earlier this week, President Obama officially appointed Richard Cordray as Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a relatively new agency designed to protect against the massive loophole-mining and financial excesses that led to the recession. Despite his experience and credentials, Republicans immediately called foul because the President pushed through what’s called a “recess appointment,” bypassing the usual Senate confirmation process. Here’s a brief overview of what happened and why. Read More What’s the Fuss About Cordray?
Yesterday, the Huffington Post published a thorough and interesting article about the state of women in the US Senate and the disparity between the Republican and Democratic Parties in tapping female candidates. The whole thing is worth a read, especially the slideshow at the end featuring the thirteen women running for Senate next year. But I was hoping we could start a discussion of our smart, engaged readership here at Persephone about the section discussing the challenges of persuading women to run for higher office. Read More Decisions, Decisions: Women Running for Public Office
Carol Moseley Braun was the first African-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate, where she served from 1993-1999. As of today, she is the only African-American woman ever to serve in the U.S. Senate, the only woman ever to defeat an incumbent in a senate race and the only woman senator ever elected from Illinois. Read More Women’s History Month: Carol Moseley Braun
Good evening, readers. Hattie here bringing you the latest on the midterm election results as they come in, starting at 7:00 pm EST. EIC Ophelia, in what she will likely come to consider a bad decision, has given me the keys to the castle for the night. I plan to lower my grammatical and journalistic standards in order to keep the updates coming. Read More Live-Blogging(ish) the Election Results