According to an article I read recently, 2012 was the Year of the Woman, with women making large gains in getting elected. Women still represent a meager 12% representation on all governmental levels in this country where they are over 50% of the population. In the United States, as you know, we have never had a women president while in other countries they have had several women leaders. The USA does not have any quotas to fill to get more women in office and therefore leave it to chance, while other countries such as Ecuador actually mandate that a certain percentage of women should hold elected office. Even with those countries taking a progressive lead, overall, women represent only 20% for holding elected office worldwide.
Many factors decide these numbers, mostly it is the expectation that woman are to raise the family and simply do not have the time to dedicate to running for office. In this country the time both for running and for governing is considerable, not to mention obscenely expensive. Additionally, the acceptance for a woman to hold an elected office is low even considering a recent study showing that women actually govern better than men. Since women have gotten the right to vote only in 1920, they have done it in record numbers. It is a proven fact that when women do vote, their participating numbers are higher. No wonder every candidate has catered to women to get their vote.
Whether this year is the year for women in office, to me it is not going to THE YEAR until we actually represent the total percentage of total population. Unfortunately I believe that will be a long, long time coming and I will be worm food when it happens if at all. Unlike past generations, there is a growing enthusiasm for women have to be taken seriously, both in the boardroom and in the legislative chambers. Regardless of our uterus, we must be accepted as equal partners who are just as capable as men. Until that time, the thought of a woman as the leader of the free world will be a small voice yet to be heard.