Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Take it where you can get it

Thank you NBC for reminding us of the new crack in the glass ceiling made by the appointment of Bonnie Newman for Senator Gregg's vacated seat.

With Newman, the U.S. Senate is now 18% women. Not bad, but still not great. It's better than CEOs (2.4%) and equity partners at law firms (16%).

From NBC's Chris Donovan
A few interesting tidbits IF Gregg resigns his seat and Bonnie Newman takes his place...

1. The Senate will then have 18 female members -- a new record. Interestingly enough, in 2000 the then-nine female senators who served published a book titled, "Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate" -- so that number has now been doubled.

2. New Hampshire will become the FOURTH state to currently have two female senators: (Washington, California and Maine do now)

3. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will, after only 30 days in office, become the SENIOR Senator from New Hampshire. As Senate Historical Office's Betty Koed points out, with that new title comes the privilege of getting the coveted Daniel Webster Senate desk. By law, the senior senator from NH gets to use the desk!
Here's hoping that number will continue to climb in the 2010 midterm election.

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