I’m no genius when it comes to politics or the economy, but when I looked at the photos of the 12 people appointed to the Super Committee (members of Congress tasked with finding a way out of the United States debt crisis), something immediately jumped out at me.
Look at the line-up of six Democrats on the top row and six Republicans on the bottom. Do you see what I see?
Yep, you’re right. There’s not one member of a minority on the bottom. AND, THERE ISN’T A SINGLE WOMAN. Perhaps House Speaker, John Boehner, wasn’t up-to-date on the US Census and didn’t know that women and girls represent 51 percent of the US population. Perhaps John Boehner does know that, but doesn’t think women are mentally equipped to deal with big-time issues like debt and budgeting.
As it is, women are poorly represented in Congress: Of 100 senators, 17 are women (12 Democrats and 5 Republicans) and of 435 congressmen, 76 are women (52 Democrats and 24 Republicans.) It’s bad enough that so few women—from either party—step into the political arena. It’s repugnant that only one woman is chosen, from the ones who do step forward, to sit on a critical committee.
“It’s a Super Committee, as long as you don’t think women are super,” my son, Colby, said.
We cannot continue to leave our voices at home.