Congress' Feminine Mystique May Wane in '08

Despite success of Clinton, Pelosi, drop likely in women office-holders
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2007 3:57 PM CDT
Congress' Feminine Mystique May Wane in '08
Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks during a town hall meeting, Wednesday, August 15, 2007, in Waukee, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)

If Hillary Clinton is elected president next year, she could be deilvering her State of the Union before a dwindling number of women, the Journal reports. Many female governors and congresswomen face either tough re-election campaigns or term-limit boundaries in 2008, and after a surge in the early 1990s, the number of female office-holders could tumble.

Although women make up a majority of voters, the number of female candidates has “hit a plateau,” one expert says. Complicating matters next November, according to strategists, are hot-button issues—including terrorism, the Iraq war and immigration—on which women candidates have a major perception deficit, and which may have scared ambitious women out of electoral politics. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.