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Women and President Barack Obama

November 20, 2012 11:00 AM

Women Liberal Democrats welcome the re-election of President Barack Obama.

We are especially pleased to see the importance of the women's vote in the election. Their views were not only seen as relevant, but as essential parts of the campaign. It was clear that the Republicans failed to address many American women's concerns - and not just those about reproductive rights, but jobs and taxes too.

There have also been record numbers of women elected to the House (81) and Senate (20) - and a disproportionate number of these women are Democrats (we wonder what happened to Mitt Romney's 'binders of women'…)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand celebrated the women who ran for office, and lost - an inspiration for women on this side of the Atlantic too:

"Running for office isn't easy but I believe it's essential that more women -- win or lose -- get off the sidelines and get in that ring. I was heartened that in three states, including in my own race, women were the nominees for Senate of both parties. The more women that run for office today, will inspire more of our young women and girls to do so in the future so we can one day get to 51% representation."

(See Kirsten Gillibrand's article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-kirsten-gillibrand/a-historic-election-for-w_b_2102572.html)