Thursday, November 4, 2010

Call at 3:30pm EST: Post-Election Debrief on Potential Women Representation Backslide

Equality: Ur doing it wrong.It's been a rough 48 hours. As we sadly reported to you yesterday, women are on the brink of losing representation in Congress.

Results are still pending, but the returns are showing that we could lose up to six women in Congress, and we know that Nancy Pelosi will no longer be our House Speaker.

Want to make sense of all of this? Join us for an emergency post-election press call today at 3:30pm EST.

Just dial: 218-936-4700

Access Code:  8155104#

To RSVP, contact Rebecca, Rebecca@wcfonline.orgQuestions? Call: 202-393-8164. 

We will be inviting the press to ask questions about what a potential backslide for women means, how it happened, and where we go from here.

Women's inequality in government must be addressed immediately.

That's why we're pulling together the foremost experts on women and politics for today's call at 3:30pm EST:

  • American University's Women & Politics Institute Director and author Jennifer Lawless
  • Renowned Center for American Women and Politics Director Debbie Walsh
  • Groundbreaking former Virginia Congressional candidate Krystal Ball
  • Leading political strategist Celinda Lake
  • Terri Sewell, the first African American woman elected to Congress in AL-07
  • WCF Political Director Erin L. Cutraro
  • WCF President/CEO Sam Bennett

We hope to have you on our press call today at 3:30pm EST.

For the first time since 1978, women's representation in Congress may decrease. The final numbers will be close, and with several federal races still too close to call, the official outcome is still unknown. In spite of GOP surge and gains on both sides of the aisle, CAWP reports:

In the U.S. Senate, the number of women could decrease from 17 down to 15. Results are pending in two additional races involving incumbent women: Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who lost her primary but ran as a write-in candidate.

The number of women in the U.S. House could dip from 73 to 70. The four women in races still too close to call are incumbents Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and Melissa Bean (D-IL) and challengers Ruth McClung (R-AZ) and Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY).

To learn more, read CAWP's full press release [PDF, 70 KB]

Results for 2010 WCF-Endorsed Candidates

Races are still being counted across the country, but view the most up-to-date results for our WCF-Endorsed women here.

We are also thrilled to report that four of the new women elected to the U.S. House are all are women of color, including three African American women and one Asian American woman.

We had a few particularly exciting WCF-Endorsed winners last night, all emerging victorious from hotly contested races:

Sen. Barbara Boxer kept us on the edge of our seat, but will continue to serve as U.S. Senator from California, defeating opponent Carly Fiorina.

A WCF woman from the very beginning, Terri Sewell made history by becoming the first African American woman to ever be elected to U.S. Congress in Alabama.

After a whirlwind primary and general election, Colleen Hanabusa pulled out the win for Hawaii's 1st District.

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