Women Still Underrepresented And Misrepresented In Congress
The 2012 elections will be significant for several female politicians seeking re-election; but even if they win, the United States will still fall short in terms of women in legislative positions.
Next year will see the greatest number ever of female incumbents seeking re-election in the Senate. Ten Democratic women, including six incumbents, will be running for Senate seats, as will one Republican incumbent woman and one presumed female GOP nominee. But abysmal approval ratings for Congress could lead to a difficult battle for incumbents — meaning that the 2012 elections could bring a drop-off in the already small number of female Senators.