For all the talk about reforming Albany, from the independent organizations to the candidates running for governor, there is one surefire way voters can help the cause–electing more women to the state legislature.
In a recent Huffington Post article, New Roosevelt Initiative founder Bill Samuels makes the case for sending more women to Albany. As Mr. Samuels notes, “New York ranks 40th in the nation, dragging along at the bottom third, with state senates that have fewer than 20% women, such as Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and South Carolina.”
The actual percentage of women in the New York State Senate is 16.1%, 10 out of 62. According to cenus data women are 52% of the population. You don’t have to be a math wiz to know what that means: women are woefully underrepresented in our state government.
The good news is that there are currently 12 Democratic women running for New York State Senate, which means that come Tuesday, voters will have the opportunity to add several Progressive, female voices to the conversation in Albany.
To learn more about these candidates, visit 16% and Rising, a site dedicated to electing Democratic women to the State Senate. And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday!