We’ve come a long way.
Thanks to Lisa Gensheimer, president of Main Street Media, and Kim Young, journalism instructor at Penn State University, Behrend College and public affairs program host at WQLN-FM radio, for calling my attention to all the women who won public office Nov. 6. Women candidates rolled in Senate races.
In Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill, in an AP photo, defeated Republican Todd Akin, notorious for using the term “legitimate” rape.
In Massachusetts, Democrat and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, in an AP picture with her husband, defeated Scott Brown.
In Wisconsin, Democrat Tammy Baldwin won against Tommy Thompson. She will be the first openly gay member of the Senate.
In Nebraska, Republican Deb Fischer beat former governor Bob Kerrey.
In North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp holds a narrow lead over Republican Rick Berg in a race that will probably have a recount.
In Indiana, Republican Richard Mourdock, notorious for his comments on rape, lost the Senate race.
There are many more women who won races, but these caught our attention. Congratulations to all the women who had the courage to run for public office.