Life Moments for Women video produced by the Film, Media & Social Justice Department
of Mount St. Mary's College.
Song "Women of Today" by Faith Rivera & Beth Eichel, performed by Faith Rivera.
If we set aside our differing political views and focus our attention to women’s rights and equality, it is hard to deny that Tuesday’s results were a monumental win for women across the United States. This victory is a moment that will resound not only for the next four years, but also in the long-term future of American politics.
Women have chosen to elect a president who is dedicated to their support and well-being. President Barack Obama has proven his commitment to helping women achieve their political and social goals. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was the first bill Obama signed into law after being elected. President Obama has also made his position clear on women’s health issues and has supported the funding of important women’s organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Women should rejoice in the reassuring knowledge that we can expect this same commitment in the four years to come.
By stating that women have chosen to elect our president, it is to acknowledge that the majority of voters this year were indeed women. Women made up 53% of voters and consequently were the deciding vote in this election. The surge in women voters serves to make something clear: women’s issues matter and cannot be ignored in politics.
Tuesday’s election results also were a historical moment for women representation in Congress. More women were elected than ever before, including the first openly gay Senator (Tammy Baldwin), the first Asian-American female senator (Mazie Hrono), and the first female military veteran wounded in combat (Tammy Duckworth). Massachusetts elected its first female senator and New Hampshire is the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress.
The women elected do not all represent the same party; however, they have vowed to work together on women’s issues in order to counteract the dominantly male Congress. This mindset is vital to the advancement of women’s rights, and something we as citizens should recognize as well. The 2012 election results mean great things for the future of women, regardless of our political party. We should embrace this as a source of inspiration and motivation to mobilize on the local level for women’s issues.
Let us celebrate in this winning moment for women of the United States and the progress to come!
Life Moments for Women (international) Intern
Graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, 2012