New Hampshire makes ironic history

Although Jvwalt has already mentioned it below, this bears repeating…by a woman: with last night’s results, New Hampshire becomes the first state in the nation to have an all-female Congressional delegation and a female Governor.

Wow!  It’s been a long-time coming; and it happened in New Hampshire, not in the most progressive state in the nation, our own Vermont.  

We only have one woman serving in statewide office and none in Congress!

We couldn’t even manage to elect a highly qualified Democratic woman to the Lt. Governor’s seat, in the most Democratic state in the nation, when her opponent’s strongest argument was that he is a “nice guy.”

If Republicans can be faulted for underestimating the importance of the Hispanic population,  Americans as a whole should be ashamed that fully 225 years+ since the nation’s founding, fully half of that founding population, women, are barely represented in elected office.  

The deficit is so great that we found ourselves listening to a bunch of white middle-aged men discussing women’s reproductive functions in Congress, to the deliberate exclusion of any female input!  Many of these same white middle-aged men have moved biological control of women’s bodies onto their “to-do list,” and we have just witnessed an election that re-litigated women’s rights in an attempt to roll back the clock to the 1960’s.

That one party could so thoroughly hang women out to dry and still retain half the popular vote is simply appalling!

While we must celebrate the victories of Elizabeth Warren and other female leaders, the fact that we must still make special note of gender in those celebrations, just as we note Mr. Obama’s racial diversity, speaks, once again, to the remarkably tattered state of our celebrated American ethos.

About Sue Prent

Artist/Writer/Activist living in St. Albans, Vermont with my husband since 1983. I was born in Chicago; moved to Montreal in 1969; lived there and in Berlin, W. Germany until we finally settled in St. Albans.

6 thoughts on “New Hampshire makes ironic history

  1. Not to mention Tammy Baldwin, first out lesbian US Senator!


    In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. 
~ H. L. Mencken

  2. …it’s interesting that your analysis doesn’t get the attention of the politicians, the media, and the people.  In 2016, a WOMAN should get the White House (and NOT Michele Bachmann).

  3. …we do have a LOT of work to do in Vermont so that our leadership isn’t dominated by middle-aged white guys. Even when we’re well-intentioned, we can’t be completely in tune with the issues facing women and minorities.  

  4. The NH Republican party is in disarray and retreat

    The toxic state legislature (yes, they really passed a constitutional amendment to eliminate public funding of schools) has overplayed its hand so badly that there are over a dozen tea party types not even bothering to run again this year. “Disastrous” is too mild a word for this legislative “session”…The Dems are extremely motivated, and they won’t be outworked or outspent.  There’s every reason to understand why Frankie boy is trying to hide the fact that he’s in office, because literally every republican in office has been painted with the same brush…fools, idiots, and stooges of out-of-state billionaires.

    Even in Haverhill, a 90% republican district, we elected a Dem to the legislature.  A really bad year for the Reps in NH!

  5. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes getting exactly what you wish for to learn a valuable lesson

    Congratulations to all the smart folks in NH!

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