Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Huge Night for Women

As I visited the homepages of news outlets and political blogs this morning, I saw something I've never seen before: Women. Lots of them. Pictures of women candidates dominating the screen with headlines like "ladies night."
Yesterday's primaries brought huge victories for women across the country--many who succeeded against great odds, such as Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas and victim of egregious misogyny and racism, Nikki Haley, in South Carolina.
But the biggest headline of the day is that many of yesterday's victorious women are Republican. Winning the GOP nomination last night were Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate in California, Meg Whitman for California Governor, and anti-establishment candidate Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate in Nevada.
Though some of these women don't share our views on reproductive health choices, I am encouraged. This sudden deluge of victories has forced the country to stand up and take notice of women's political power.
That said, I want to ask these candidates one question: If elected, what will you do to advance women's rights?
Many of you prevailed in spite of the Political Establishment. Now, it is my great hope that you will use your hard-earned collective power to help us break up the Good Ol' Boys' Club and change the many harmful views against women.
It's my firm belief that we need more women in government--but it's essential that they use their leadership to protect and empower all women in America.
Luckily, we have many victories of our WCF-Endorsed Candidates to celebrate--who we know we can count on to protect women.
Here's the full list of WCF endorsed candidates' primary results:
Win: Roxanne Conlin (IA) - US Senate - 48%
Win: Karen Bass (CA-33) - US Congress - 85.3%
Win: Beth Krom (CA-48) - US Congress - 100%
Win: Kamala Harris (CA) - State Attorney General - 33.2%
Win: Holly Mitchell (CA) - State Assembly (Dist. 47) - 43.7%
Win: Betty Yee (CA) - State Board of Equalization (Dist. 1) - 73.5%
Win: Angie Buhl (SD) - State Senate (Dist. 12) - 59.05%

Loss: Sara Lamnin (CA) - Hayward City Council - 19.79%
Loss: Yoriko Kishimoto (CA) - State Assembly (Dist. 21) - 28.3%
Congratulations to the seven women moving on in their races--we look forward to supporting you through November and for the rest of your political careers.

To Sara Lamnin and Yoriko Kishimoto: Thank you for running. We only lose when women don't win, and your bravery and leadership in running for office has already made a difference. You can expect many calls from me, asking you to run to again.

Regardless of who won and lost in the polls yesterday, WCF, and women everywhere, won. We won because there are women who are not afraid to stand up for other women, and will not give up their cause because they lost an election.

WCF will be there to continue fostering the growth and leadership of these fantastic women, and I hope that you will do the same.

Warm Regards,
Siobhan "Sam" Bennett, President/CEO
Women's Campaign Forum 

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