Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Today's Ur-Stupid Statement

Not written today but a few days ago in an article about how the number of women in the Congress is likely to drop this year, for the first time in three decades.

This is the stupid statement:

Women's gains in Congress have been slow since
Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman
in the House in 1917, three years before women
won the right to vote. Even now, just 17% of
Congress is female.

Beyond bragging rights, does having women in Congress make a difference?
Bolds are mine. The article then goes on to argue that it does because women bring up different issues.

Let's change that last sentence in the quote a little. It may clarify my anger:

Beyond bragging rights, does having Latinos in Congress make a difference?
When did democracy stop meaning anything? When is aiming at a Congress reflective of the actual composition of the country something to do with bragging rights? And where are the bragging rights in any case when so many otherwise comparable (and even not-comparable) countries have a greater representation of women than the United States?