October 28th, 2010
10:55 AM ET
12 years ago

'Year of the Woman' on ballot but not at polls

(CNN) - GOP candidates Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle and Nikki Haley have captured the attention of the country this election season, but they're just a few of the record number of women pursuing office this year.

More than 160 women congressional and gubernatorial candidates won their primaries and will be on the ballot next week, leading some observers to dub 2010 the "Year of the Woman."

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The female candidates, she added, are bringing a new tone to the Republican Party.
    Yes they are and that tone is tuning a lot of women out. I'd like to see more women in government. I have a lot of respect for Pelosi, and Hillary, but nutjobs like Angle, Palin, O'Donnell, Brewer, McMahon et al DO NOT belong in the same breath as these women, much less on the same playing field.
    As a woman I find it embarrassing that these are the women that are out there and visible politically. I know there're women in politics that are intelligent, sane, and willing to work together with whomever is in charge, but because they are not extreme or controversial they are not getting the media attention. It would leave an outside onlooker with the impression that Angle and her ilk are representative of all women in politics. Huge turn-off.

    October 28, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    The Year of the Woman? Seriously? Good to see the GOPer women are so motivated this year. Fortunately for we Democrates, our awakening happended within the Democratic party decades ago. If these newly awakened women think that Angle represents their own core believes, and will fight on their behalf, well, go for it Ladies, and keep voting for her. I'm sure she'll do you all proud as a U.S. Senator. I'll stick with my Democratic women, thank you all the same. Oh, btw, good to see many of the MALE Republicans speak out against throwing women to the ground and stomping on them, regardless of party affiliation. Real class acts, your men are. What else can be expected from a political party of male members who think it's acceptable conduct to publically give underwear as gifts to their women?

    October 28, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    It's always been the YEAR OF THE WOMAN!!!!! Behind EVERY successful MAN is a WOMAN!!! Lately, however, MEN aren't doing what they are supposed to be doing which is the reason why WOMEN are STEPPING UP and would eventually TAKE OVER!!!

    But PLEASE – don't get me wrong – because behind EVERY successful woman, there's most likely a SUCCESSFUL man (doing the house chores .... LMAO)!! The REAL SUCCESSFUL woman should have BRAINS and can answer QUESTIONS without running from the MEDIA; know their history; know the constitution well and not just ADHERE to what they want to OBJECT know nothing about it; be POISED and most of all – NO SQUEAKY VOICES!!!! That's all the American people are asking for!!!

    Women have to be TWICE as smart as a man because they will be challenged – sad, but the truth! And it's not about SEXISM so we – as WOMEN – need to DROP that ATTITUDE now!!! It's a DOG eat DOG atmosphere in Politics SO, be ready for it. If there is SEXISM – it will be noticed and MOST WOMEN will complain about it and DEFEND you. If you cry SEXISM and you look behind you and there is NO ONE there backing you up – then it's NOT sexism – it's lacking KNOWLEDGE.... Period!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia – a WOMAN – and I stand by my SISTAHs in Politics (the ones with BRAINS)!!!

    October 28, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. ST

    Dear Latinos, you are all kingmakers in Nevada. Make us all proud and show your power by silencing Sharron Angle once and for all.

    October 28, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Remember when in the first free Iraqi elections we imposed on the Iraqi government that at least 25% of their parliament have to be women? I started laughing right there already that we are imposing gender equality laws on thrid world countries that we ourselves can't hold to.

    October 28, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Peter E

    I am all for more female representation in government, but I'll be damned if I vote for a candidate like Palin, Pelosi, Boxer, O'Donnell. There are so many great American women out there who are intelligent, competent, and not corrupt. How come none of them run for office? But then again, the same can be said for men. All the actually intelligent and competent men keep away from politics too. You know why? Because both major parties keep them out. They would feel threatened by an actually intelligent leader who can think for themselves instead of just parroting partisan dogma.
    And so we are stuck with generation after generation of partisan yes-men and yes-women...

    October 28, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Cosmo

    Its not "Year of the Woman" in politics, its "Year of the Wingnut".

    October 28, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |