By Robert M. Katzman © February,13 2012 (almost) Valentine’s Day
313,000,000 people in the United States.
159,000,000 are women.
Like there was an ovary lottery, the women won it and then the women lost everything else.
Mystifies me. Maybe thousands of years ago, men had the armies and slaughtered each other, and then one day realized that women could make more people and the men became terrified. No stopping them, the men must have realized, so…better watch them closely. Keep them under control.
Eons later, the women still are.
Paid less than men, run a few national companies, have a small number of seats in the United States Congress, 93 out of 535 seats, or 17.4%.
Now that…is a minority.
Senators: (17 out of 100) – 12 Democrats and 5 Republicans
Representatives: (76 out of 435) — 48 Democrats and 28 Republicans
So, 60 of the 93 women are Democrats, or almost 65% of the 17.4%, or 11% of the entire Congress.
Numbers can be a lot of fun, especially to someone who failed algebra in June, 1965, not that I remember that poisonous moment or anything like that. Or the teacher’s name: Miss Eason. Or that I had to take it again.
My mother, Anne, would have been 91 today, the day before Valentine’s Day, which always annoyed her.
She was born in 1921, the year after women first were awarded the vote by Congress in 1920. Given that she was born in Chicago under the steel umbrella of the Democratic Machine, it is likely my mother voted that year and every year after that in local elections—the straight Democratic ticket, of course—decades before she was legally permitted to do so in 1942. In Chicago politics, this would be considered a fine point of contention.
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