Record 51 Women Serve In Minnesota House, But Room For Improvement For Representation, Experts Say – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –  Kamala Harris skyrocketed to brand-new heights for ladies on Wednesday when she was sworn in as Vice President of the United States, representing a substantial action for representation in federal government however likewise working as a tip of the difficulties that still lie ahead.

Minnesota Home Speaker Melissa Hortman—the 3rd lady to serve in the function as the highest-ranking member of the chamber and simply among 7 like her with the Speaker’s gavel—stated she was reclaimed by her feelings viewing Harris end up being the nation’s very first lady to act as vice president.

However she stated she anticipates the day where absolutely nothing about positions ladies hold, in federal government or somewhere else, is truly that amazing at all.

“It’s nice to have the first female vice president and hopefully pretty soon it’s no big whoop that the candidate who’s successful happens to be a woman,” Hortman stated throughout an interview following the Inauguration.

A record 51 ladies serve in the Minnesota Legislature this year, however ladies are simply shy of 36% of the whole legal body, according to information assembled by the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. This disappoints ladies’s share—50.2%—of the state population.

Simply one state, Nevada, has more ladies serving in the State Capitol than proportional to the state population. Minnesota is connected for 13th in the country for ladies serving in the legislature, however ladies comprise a bulk of the state’s Congressional delegation at 6 of the 10 members.

Amy Koch, a Republican politician, concurred that it was a “good day” to see Harris—a Black, South Asian American lady—break a glass ceiling. After all, Koch understands the sensation as the very first and just lady to act as bulk leader of the Minnesota Senate a years earlier.

“Breaking the glass ceiling can sometimes give you a little bump,” Koch joked. “It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you’re on, I’m just a big supporter in general of women getting into elected office.”

Women have made significant strides from serving on city council to representing districts in Congress, said Dr. Kelly Winfrey, who studies the issue at the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University.

But still, she said, overall just 20-30% of women call state capitols or the U.S. capitol their offices. And 44 women have served as governor in 30 states; in Minnesota, just men have actually been the state’s chief executive.

“There’s still a long way to go to reach gender parity, but I think the more that we continue to move in that direction, the more women see themselves in those positions,” Winfrey stated.

She called Kamala Harris’ new role as vice president “huge” in the effort to continue the momentum for women, particularly people of color, to run for elected office.

“It shows women that they can have those positions—that it is an attainable goal,” Winfrey stated. “Whether that is someone thinking about running for the presidency down the road or the school board, they can see themselves in positions of power at leadership.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.