According to the center’s analysis of exit-polling data, women backed Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin 56 percent to 43 percent. Male voters split their votes much more evenly, with 49 percent voting for Obama-Biden and 48 percent choosing McCain-Palin.Democrats, traditionally, have been better at recruiting and training women candidates, and the Republicans, for the growth and future of the party, must learn to better develop female talent and be more inclusive in their candidate searches.
Snowe says there’s also a political dimension. As the Republican Party sheds moderates, it also sheds women.
“It is going to be critical,” [McMorris Rodgers, who is helping lead the NRCC’s candidate recruitment team] said, “that the Republican Party has a face that includes women of all ages and backgrounds and experiences.”
Monday, May 11, 2009
Women and the Republican Party
Politico has a provocative article on women in the Republican Party, a "minority in a minority." As such, the party contains a diminished number of female leaders - only 4 women Senators and 17 Congresswomen! According to the article, there is a geo-cultural component at work here - the South, the remaining Republican stronghold, is traditionally not as receptive to female candidates - and, naturally, this gender disparity has strong political implications: