Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things for which we're grateful. I try to remember this gratitude all year long, but this week is an especially important time to express it. Here, a handful of the many political women and events most deserving of a hearty "thank you."
The one person female majority in the Vermont begins to feel normal. What's the big deal? That's the way a democracy is supposed to be, isn't it? A government that represents all the people, men and women.
It wasn't a midterm election year, so Election 2013 didn't change the mostly male make-up in Washington. But female mayors in a number of U.S. cities won election or reelection Tuesday. And women voters played a starring role in at least one state's hotly contested gubernatorial election.
Most adults may not dress up in costume for Halloween. Yet that hasn't stopped some political candidates from masquerading as something they're not in order to woo women voters. Here's a look at a few of these tricks -- and their more forthright alternatives.
For more than 200 years, nobody believed it was odd to suggest two men for president and vice president. Isn't it about time someone (in this case, your faithful columnist) raise the prospect of two women? I can think of one great reason why: They would be the best leaders.
Our collective narrative about leadership, both its traits and aesthetics, are profoundly gendered. As such, when we see a strong, smart woman leading, it is tempting and familiar to ascribe her success to gender alone.
These women may not wear shiny red capes to work, but these days in Washington, their accomplishments qualify as superpowers.
To narrow the gender gap between men and women in politics it is imperative that it is understood that the root of the problem does not necessarily relate to a lack of interest, rather a lack of ambition to carry out political candidacy in a politically male-dominated world.
Strong women love Capricia Marshall. She speaks often of her gratitude toward Hilary Rodham Clinton, her longtime mentor, and of fostering mentorship: "Pay it forward, ladies." She also makes no apologies for leaving her dream job to focus on her role as a mother.
When we surveyed 64,000 citizens around the world for our book, The Athena Doctrine, ego and pride were the least correlated to what people envision in the ideal modern leader. While these are prime characteristics to getting into office -- any office usually -- they don't prepare a leader to manage with sustainability in mind. And that's where feminine values come in.
The fact that women were instrumental in shaping the agreement that broke through the gridlock demonstrates beautifully why we need more women in positions of leadership in Washington and around the world in order to bring insight and balance to our greatest challenges.
Let this crisis be a lesson to us, a call to action to improve Congress by electing more women in both parties, and let us see if a tragedy can become an opportunity to renew our trust in government.
It was no surprise to read Monday's front page New York Times article "Senate Women Lead in Effort to Find Accord" and see the deadlock over the debt ceiling being brokered by a few of the still small number of women who burst the glass ceiling of the Senate.
I hope that the brinkmanship we're seeing in today's Congress will soon be a thing of the past and that we will realize that all of our children, from Democratic and Republican families, will be growing up in the same nation.
"The fact that women run for Mayor of Paris is a sign of the times. There's nothing women can't do. Even so, I long for the day when gender doesn't matter in politics. What matters is who you are, what kind of citizen you are and what you campaign for. "
What if women ran the House GOP? No really. What if they did? We probably wouldn't hear quotes like this about the federal shutdown, courtesy of House Republican Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) -- "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."