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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Monday, March 08, 2004

    Female politicians are Texas tough 

    Being Texas tough is an attribute shared by women as well as men in the political arena. At a time when gains by female politicians have stalled elsewhere, women are succeeding in Texas politics because they are willing to mix it up with the men and even enjoy a good fight, political observers say.

    This toughness might surprise some newcomers to Texas and people in other parts of the country, where the Lone Star State is still stereotyped as the Old West: rugged and untamed, where women are "darlin' " and stand by their man, and where the most recognized women's group is the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

    But perception is not reality. Women's participation in politics has leveled off nationally over the past decade, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, and no women have done well in the major parties' presidential primaries. But progress is being made in what political observers call the "political pipeline," electoral positions at the municipal and state levels.

    And if Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Jillson said, "I've heard Republicans who say they'd love to match up a Kay Bailey [Hutchison, the state's first woman elected to the U.S. Senate] against Hillary."

    - Pete Alfano, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 9:35 AM



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