By Cynthia Richie on December 02, 2013
According to The Washington Post, Virginia has been coined the worst in the nation in electing women to office, which is not an accolade Virginia should be happy about. Virginia has a very successful political background, producing four of the first five presidents, but our country has come a long way and the lack of women in office is sad compared to other states.
Mary Sue Terry was the only woman elected to state office as attorney general in both 1985 and 1989, but there has never been a female governor or even a Senate member. In the House, there have been a total of three women ever to hold seats and right now all eleven seats are filled by men.
Representation 2020 created an index that formulates women’s parity and Virginia’s score was 4.5 out of 50. 50 is the score that reflects equality. This is the lowest score of any state in the nation and the people of Virginia should fight for more women in office in order to get on the same level as the rest of the country.
Women have come a long way in the United States and deserve an equal say in the government. It is up to the people of Virginia to encourage powerful women to run for these statewide, congressional and leg