Nashua Telegraph: More women in public office would be better for country

Nashua Telegraph 
Alyson Higgins 
February 16, 2014 

After witnessing the frustrating gridlock in Congress in 2013, many Americans are wondering what 2014 will bring. Election season is upon us and electing new blood to Congress will help this country get back on track. Electing women in particular, will change the way Congress operates and will help Congress be more representative of the U.S. population.

Growing up in southern New Hampshire, I did not fully understand the powerful voice our state has in United States politics. It wasn’t until my junior year at Salem High School, when I had the chance to job-shadow then-Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, that I really became interested in public service. Sen. Ayotte inspired me to think not just about “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” but rather, “what problem I want to solve.” As I’ve started my career in the political world, I have realized first and foremost that actions speak louder than words. This was exemplified when the women of the Senate took the necessary steps to end the government shutdown this past October.

 

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Red Alert Politics: GOP looks to solve gender problems by encouraging women to run for office

Red Alert Politics 
By Francesca Chambers 
January 31, 2014

Looking at the GOP’s recent record, it’s really no wonder why women overwhelmingly voted to reelect Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

Between the epidemic of foot-in-mouth disease plaguing conservative, male politicians, the Republican Party’s weak slate of female candidates and the national party headquarters’ unwillingness to invest large sums in women’s outreach, the GOP practically handed women over to the Democratic Party in 2012 on a bedazzled platter.

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Bloomberg: Republican Women Challenging Gender Gap

Bloomberg 
By Stephanie Green 
January 15, 2014

Taking in a crowd of 400 young women, mostly twenty-and thirty-somethings, packed into a room on Capitol Hill last night, House Speaker John Boehner said: “No one would have ever believed this was a young Republican women’s event.”

This was his way of acknowledging a concern for Republicans heading into the 2014 midterm congressional elections: The gender gap, especially among so-called “Sex and the City voters,” unmarried, professionals under 40.

“I’m glad they’re here,” he said.

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POLITICO: GOP PAC Targets Young Women Voters

POLITICO
By Andrea Drusch
January 14, 2014

Sen. Kelly Ayotte says a new Republican women’s political action committee is “Democrats’ worst nightmare.”

Surrounded in a room full of 400 people, primarily young women, Ayotte gave the keynote address at the launch party of RightNOW Women PAC on Tuesday night.

The new political action committee is the brainchild of former George W. Bush aide Marlene Colucci, formed to address what she sees as a dire disconnect between the Republican Party and female voters.

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