So then, the role of President requires you to be calm, assertive and exercise self-restraint. It requires one exercise a lot of control over many. Could women hack it? Let’s look at female Politicians in the US and see just how effective they have been.
Recent figures show what presence women have in US politics.
Women hold 90, or 16.8%, of the 535 seats in the 111th U.S. Congress — 17, or 17.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 73, or 16.8%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. So women have a relatively decent representation. A position in the Senate is an important responsible position. 17 seats belong to women in the Senate currently. Below is list of the women who are in the Senate:
1. Barbara Mikulski: Democrat, Maryland, 1987-present
2. Dianne Feinstein: Democrat, California, 1993-present
3. Barbara Boxer: Democrat, California, 1993-present
4. Patty Murray: Democrat, Washington, 1993-present
5. Kay Bailey Hutchison: Republican, Texas, 1993-present
6. Olympia Jean Snowe: Republican, Maine, 1995-present
7. Mary Landrieu: Democrat, Louisiana, 1997-present
8. Susan Collins: Republican, Maine, 1997-present
9. Debbie Stabenow: Democrat, Michigan, 2001-present
10. Maria Cantwell: Democrat, Washington, 2001-present
11. Lisa Murkowski: Republican, Alaska, 2002-present
12. Amy Klobuchar: Democrat, Minnesota, 2007-present
13. Claire McCaskill: Democrat, Missouri, 2007-present
14. Kay Hagan: Democrat, North Carolina, 2009-present
15. Jeanne Shaheen: Democrat, New Hampshire, 2009-present
16. Kirsten Gillibrand: Democrat, New York, 2009-present
17. Kelly Ayotte: Republican, New Hampshire, 2011-present
Barbara Mikulski is the longest serving senator. She famously said, ‘We showed it’s not about gender, it’s about agenda.’ She proved this was the case. She entered what was predominately a ‘guys club’ but, as she states, she won their respect by showing that she had a great sense of humour, trading ‘one-liners with them’ so she was ‘known for a good joke’ and was a ‘good listener to them.’ Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat said Mikulski’s candor and willingness to get straight to the point make her a highly effective senator. ‘She has like a laser beam to the center of a problem.’ She has shown that women can deal with difficult problems and be very focused on the issue in hand, not letting her emotions get the better of her.