Monday, May 18, 2009

Women make political advances abroad  

In Kuwait, the first women lawmakers have been elected to Parliament. The four women elected included the country's first woman cabinet member, Massouman Mubarak, women's rights activist Rola Dashti, and professors Salwa al-Jassar and Aseel al-Awadhi.

In Lithuania, the first woman president, Dalia Grybauskaite, has been elected with an overwhelming majority of the votes. With over 99% of the votes counted, Grybauskaite held 69.05% of the vote. Wow.

Of course, these victories should serve not just as a cause for celebration, but as a humble reminder that women are still highly underrepresented in the world of politics, and now more than ever is the time for action. In light of these events, take a minute to send a message to President Obama and urge him to nominate a woman to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court. Senator Barbara Boxer has taken on the mission of getting another woman on the Court, and she's urging everyone to help.

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