- Special Sections
- Public Notices
If you are seeing mama bears or pink elephants it may not be something you are drinking.
It's more likely a result of a constitutional amendment, Article 19, adopted way back in 1920 extending the vote to any sex.
This not-so-new amendment reads: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied by the United States or by any state on account of sex. The congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
Since women represent 53-54 percent of the population it's not surprising that we are seeing more and more women in politics. We have seen women in all types of high-profile jobs. Not only in the private sector, but in the city, county, state and federal section of government. And they are doing a very good job.
It was in 1968 when the first women ran for the first and second highest jobs in the U.S. — that of the president and vice president. And I'm sure we shall see several running for president in 2012. In 2010, we had 144 women pink elephants (Republicans) file to run for office, so you are more likely to see more of the mama grizzly bear model looking to hold office in 2012.
Historically the Republicans' biggest problem has been the gender gap since the majority of women in politics have been Democrats.
But I am sure this is not the only reason that it was appropriate to have the U.S. Constitution read to the entire legislative section. Since the way things have been going, it seems most likely many of them as well as the existing body have never read the U.S. Constitution.
The coming decade is likely to bring more changes than ever before. Now is the time for us to stay alert because there are likely to be many changes in 2012 for the highest offices.
Since the majority of voters who show up and cast their ballots are seniors, we could very well be the ones who make the difference the next time around.
Nosey is the pseudonym of Art Maruna, a community activist.