"Unmarried: Rose Ferlita has put her political ambition first and foremost, while her opponent is a dedicated family man with two children." So reads a mailer that's making news in the Tampa mayoral run-off.
The Fat Lady isn't singing yet. Women will make up the majority of the electorate on Tuesday and they will decide -- depending whether more married or unmarried women turn out -- who sings on Election Day.
Ninety years ago, women from all walks of life fought hard to give a voice to the voiceless and ensure that there was room for more views at the political table. Today, we need to fight to make sure everyone who has a voice is using it.
The Rising American Electorate now constitutes a majority of the voting-eligible population in America. And it goes without saying that if they stay home in 2010, the chances for progressive reforms will drop.