"Taxation Without Representation" States

Currently, there are 18 states that do not send any women to Congress -- meaning that the women in those states are not represented in Congress, even though they work and pay taxes.

THE FACTS:

2008 Election Results: 16 states became 18 (36%)*
(111th Congress: 74 women in the House, 17 in the Senate = 17%)

DELAWARE
GEORGIA
IDAHO
INDIANA - Julia Carson (D) passed away 10-15-07
IOWA
KENTUCKY -- Anne Northup (R) lost her seat in 2006; lost rematch 2008
MISSISSIPPI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO - Heather Wilson (R) ran for Senate and lost primary
NORTH DAKOTA
OREGON -- Darlene Hooley (D) retired
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
UTAH
VIRGINIA -- Jo Ann Davis (R) passed away 10-6-07, Thelma Drake (R) lost
VERMONT

On 10-16-07, Niki Tsongas (D) won a Special Election, making her the first woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts in 25 years -- in a state where all the seat holders were Democrat men!

2006 Election Results: 19 states became 16 (32%).
(110th Congress: 71 women in the House, 16 in the Senate = 16%)

In 2004: 19 states (38%) did not send even one women to either House of the 110th U.S. Congress.

Subsequently, women from those states had no voice in our country's highest legislative body -- not to mention that when the ill-fated and dangerous debate on Social Security started in 2005, 15% of Congress was made up of women: 67 women in a the 435-member House and 14 in the 100-member Senate!

QUESTION: How long will it take the U.S. -- tied for 69th in the world for electing women -- to reach the minimum critical mass number of 30% advocated by the international community for the involvement of women in legislatures?

* Three (3) states -- Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana -- also do not have any women members in the U.S. House of Representatives, but do have a woman in the U.S. Senate. The figures are based on women elected in November elections, even though the number might fluctuate during the 2-year interim period due to Special Elections because of retirements or deaths.

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