Under-representation of Women In Politics

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As Americans we are having the great privilege to witness something that is almost unheard of in American culture, a women is trying and is getting very close to be a nominee to run for the presidency of the United States of America. The sad thing is that we have almost never seen a women run for presidency and actually stand a legitimate change until now, in the year 2008. It has taken over fifty years to actually have a women stand a good chance to win a presidency and if you asked me that is very sad that we have come so little in such a long time. I am certainly happy to see that Ms. Hilary Clinton will most likely be the representative of the Democratic party in the upcoming elections that will take place in November, but at the same time I am a little saddened that it has taken so many years for women to take a step forward in their quest for equality with men.

Research QuestionMany women have started to come forward as political leaders, governors, mayors and many more political affiliated organizations, but why is there such an under-representation of women in politics? You would think that because we live in America which is known as the land of the free, that women would have such a great chance to hold offices just as men do but that is not the case at all. "As of 2001, women constitute 13 percent of the U.S. Senate and 13.6 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives. At the state level women compose 22.3 percent of the state legislators. At the city level in 2000, women served as mayors in 19 of the 100 largest cities with populations over 30,000" (Center for American Women...