New Hampshire the Apex for Gender Equality in Politics

| Mon Nov. 10, 2008 1:40 PM EST

At the state level, New Hampshire now has a woman Speaker of the House, a woman Senate president, and a female majority in the Senate. It had a female governor from 1997-2003. At the federal level, it has a female Senator-elect (who happens to be that same ex-governor). That's a remarkable record of accomplishment on gender equality in politics.

Now if we could just recreate something even remotely close to this at the national level! As of 2006, the United States ranked #83 in the world in terms of percentage of seats held by women in the national legislative body. That is four spots below Zimbabwe.

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