ELEANOR SMEAL, President, Feminist Majority Foundation, Electtion 2006 w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show11/18/06
Smeal, who was the first to identify the "gender gapÃ¢â‚¬? in how women and men vote, spoke of the importance of the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vote this year. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If only men had voted, Republicans would still be in the majority in the Senate.Ã¢â‚¬? Smeal also revealed that womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s votes were integral in deciding ballot initiatives that affect women. She said Ã¢â‚¬Å“women felt more intensely on some key issues, including the Iraq war.Ã¢â‚¬? She talked extensively about Nancy Pelosi and what it means to have "Madam Speaker" in the House. There will also be women as chairs of a number of major committees. And there is a significant increase in women in state legislatures. MS Magazine released their election eve survey yesterday. You can view it at http://msmagazine.com/radar/2006-11-17-pollresults.pdf.