ELEANOR SMEAL, President, Feminist Majority Foundation, Electtion 2006 w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

11/18/06

Smeal, who was the first to identify the "gender gap� in how women and men vote, spoke of the importance of the women’s vote this year. “If only men had voted, Republicans would still be in the majority in the Senate.� Smeal also revealed that women’s votes were integral in deciding ballot initiatives that affect women. She said “women felt more intensely on some key issues, including the Iraq war.� 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.

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