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January 27, 2005

Girls' State (?)

Newsweek has an article this week headlined "Welcome to Girls' State" that talks about the success of women at all levels of Washington state politics.

Gregoire's victory makes Washington—at least for now—the first state to have a woman in the statehouse and two in the U.S. Senate, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. They are not anomalies in Washington: Gregoire, Murray and Cantwell, all Democrats, are creatures of a political culture that has produced greater electoral gains for women per capita than any state in the country—ranging from school boards and city councils all the way up. National groups are studying the state's political farm system in hopes of replicating it elsewhere. "Washington has normalized the whole idea of women leading," says Marie Wilson, of the White House Project, an organization promoting women's political involvement.

Despite the incredibly demeaning and sexist headline, it's nice to see Washington being recognized for its progressive values. 

Posted by Jon Stahl on January 27, 2005 at 07:12 AM in Candidate Races | Permalink


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"Girls State" is actually the name of a program that the American Legion Auxiliaries puts on every year, and Gov. Gregoire is a graduate of the Washington State program. I'd love to see Progressives help support this program along with the boy's version "Boys State", and the IDF, Student Government, etc. We have to help develop some support structure under our future leaders.

Posted by: Chad Lupkes | Nov 27, 2006 12:54:29 PM

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