2013 is an interesting time to be a woman in Washington. This year we have a record number of 20 women serving in the United States Senate. Despite this, there are still 26 states that have never elected a female to the Senate. But a new super PAC, registered just this week, is trying to change that.
The More Women in Congress Super PAC, founded by Shannon Meade is looking to support female candidates running in national races on both Democratic and Republican platforms. The organization will raise money for campaigns and develop ads that will be run “straight down the throats of every boy’s club member in Washington,” according to the groups website.
While there are currently a number of organizations looking to place more women in office, More Women in Congress is the first to be decidedly bipartisan in its efforts. EMILY”S List has been around for decades working to help liberal women win elections, and just a couple of months ago the Republican National Committee launched a “Women on the Right UNITE” initiative to get more of their own women on Capitol Hill.
The More Women in Congress Super PAC’s first order of business so far has been to officially endorse Allison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Michelle Nunn of Georgia, both Democrats in their respective Senatorial bids. Grimes is challenging Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, while Nunn is running for the open seat being vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Currently the Super PAC is soliciting $5 donations on their website for individuals to show “solidarity” with Grimes and Nunn, with future plans to use to the money to create television ads for these two candidates. Both Kentucky and Georgia are two of the states who have never elected a female senator.
According to Politico Influence, Shannon Meade is also considering endorsing Republican Nancy Mace, who is challenging Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Furthermore, Meade hopes with continued funding her Super PAC will be able to launch a Google campagin urging voters to cast their ballots for female alternatives to the tradition male voices that dominate Capitol Hill.
As a woman, I can’t help but be wholeheartedly in support of the mission of More Women in Congress. Us girls make up 51% of the American population, it only seems logical that we make up an equal percentage of power on Capitol Hill. Plus my own personal bias leads me to the same conclusions as the above video from this Super PAC, that much of the time the old men on Congress seems to just not make much practical sense. However I do hold some reservations that such an organization can be successful in campaigning for solid female candidates without coming under fire for supporting bad candidates just because they are women. In these early stages however, all I have to say to Shannon Meade and her cohorts is, you go girl.