31 August 2008

Will Republicans Lead The Way For Women Again?

With the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, the GOP is in a place to once again provide a first for women. Sure, Ferraro and Clinton led the way seeking nomination on a presidential ticket, but neither of them made the big score. If the McCain/Palin ticket wins in November all of that will change as the glass ceiling shatters and some of the West Wing urinals will need to be replaced with female-friendly commodes. For the first time a Woman will have been elected on a presidential ticket.

What other female firsts have the Republicans given us? Here are a couple critical ones:

In 1916, Montana Republican, Jeanette Rankin, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. And this was before the 19th Amendment was passed to give women the right to vote.

Ronald Reagan gave us another first when he nominated Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

This is not to say that Republicans are always the first when it comes to women and high-ranking political figures. After all, the Democrats did give us Bill Clinton -- The first U.S. President credibly accused of raping a woman.

UPDATE: Why is it that the Democratic party believes that Obama has enough experience to be President, but Palin doesn't have enough experience to be Vice President? Could it be because he's a man and she's a woman?


  1. Freadom said...

    Let's add to this list in the days to come.

    How about Condy Rice as the first Black Woman Sec. of State. (Note: reps don't see her as black, they see her as most qualified for position).