An 'All Boys Club' in Iowa?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 05:20 PM

The rise and fall of Michele Bachmann in Iowa has brought to light an uncomfortable truth about Iowa politics. The state, which holds the first caucus in the nation, has never elected a female to the U.S. Senate, Congress, or the governorship

On Thursday The Takeaway will speak with Maggie Tinsman, a former state legislator from Iowa who started a campaign to get more women elected to high office in the state, including Iowa's first prospective female governor.

Christie Vilsack, wife of the former governor, launched a congressional campaign against conservative congressman Steve King in a hope to break that ceiling once and for all. But the question remains: Why does this ceiling still exist in Iowa?

Writing for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Jennifer Hemmingsen says the disparity is partly due to an all-boys club demeanor perpetuated by evangelical leaders in the state.

Perhaps the most egregious sin comes from Rev. Albert Calaway, who told the Des Moines Register: "I'd personally love to pronounce Rick [Santorum] and Michele as lawfully wedded running mates."

Is Michele Bachmann's (or any woman's) only place in this presidential campaign as a "wedded" mate for their male counterpart? It certainly seems like the Archie Bunker school of politics, where a woman's place is pre-determined by man's preference and antiquated social conventions.

Let us know what you think about Iowa's political culture and its apparent 'All Boys Club' pedigree.

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