Recall elections are raging in Wisconsin this summer, as Democrats try to unseat the G.O.P from the majority they used to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain, and Republicans try to do the same to vulnerable Democrats.
And now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is getting involved in the effort as part of her initiative to get more women involved in politics.
According to the state political blog Dane 101:
Also taking an interest in Wisconsin is New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Wisconsin’s recall races have inspired Gillibrand to have her organization “Off the Sidelines” become involved. Off the Sidelines seeks “to make more women aware of the need to be involved in the decisions that affect their lives every day.” The Senator wants to “let women know that their voice matters, to give them the resources to start to get more involved and tell the inspiring stories of women who already are.”
Gillibrand wants to see more women elected, because the U.S. Senate is getting lonely. In a recent blog post Gillibrand pointed out these facts:
- I am one of just 17 women in the US Senate.
- Just 17% of all of Congress is made up of women.
- There are currently only 6 women governors in the US today.
- Less than 25% of state legislature seats are filled by women.
She added that because of the 2010 election “for the first time in decades, the number of women in Congress actually declined.”
Gillibrand has put out a call nationally for help to get the progressive women running in the Wisconsin recall elections make it over the finish line. They are:
Nancy Nusbaum, former President of Wisconsin NARAL and former Mayor of DePere, WI, is running against Rob Cowles in WI-SD-02.
Sandy Pasch, a member of the Wisconsin state Assembly since 2008, is running against Alberta Darling in WI-SD-08.
Shelly Moore, a former high school teacher who was elected to the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors in 2005, is running against Sheila Harsdorf in WI-SD-10.
Jessica King, Deputy Mayor of Oshkosh, WI, is running against Randy Hopper in WI-SD-18.
Jennifer Shilling, a Wisconsin state Assemblywoman since 2000, is running against Dan Kapanke in WI-SD-32.
Gillibrand sent out a fundraising letter for the five women earlier today.