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US: ‘Walmart moms’ air disgust with DC. Male Senators Begrudgingly Admit Women Are Important.

Male Senators Begrudgingly Admit Women Are Important National Journal …After leaders announced the plan on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, Republican John McCain of Arizona, who worked on the plan, took the podium to thank his fellow senators. “I would like to say that if there is a good outcome [of the shutdown], it is the fact that 14 of us were able to join together, Republican and Democrat,” he said. “Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily by women in the Senate.” Then, after a small laugh: “I won’t comment further on that.”

Another collaborator, Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas, praised his female colleagues’ negotiating ability Wednesday afternoon. Although people often joke about women in leadership roles, “the truth is, women in the Senate is a good thing,” he said.

At the bipartisan group’s meetings, McCain had joked several times that “the women are taking over,” The New Preview postYork Times reported Monday. Sen. Joe Manchin, the first Democrat to join the team, had said the “gender mix was great. It helped tremendously.” The West Virginia lawmaker added, “Would it have worked as well if it had been 12 women or 12 men? I can’t say for sure, but it worked pretty well with what we had.”

Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Claire McCaskill (Credit: AP/Michael Dwyer/Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Sarah Conard)

No, women wouldn’t have solved the shutdown sooner! Salon …As Ann Friedman noted recently, there is some data to support the idea that women in leadership positions are less impulsive, less corruptible and more willing to compromise than their male colleagues and counterparts. But researchers suggest that may be because, with so few represented in the seats of power, women in leadership positions feel they have to succeed because they have more to prove. And for all that Collins and Cantwell may have done to facilitate the deal that was eventually reached, there were other women, like Republican House members Michele Bachmann and Marsha Blackburn, working just as hard to maintain the deadlock.

Women Take the Lead on the World’s Biggest Stage Huffington Post For the second time in three years, America was brought to the brink of financial default by hyper-partisanship in Washington. Yet, even as the political divide between the leaders of the two parties in Congress widened, shutting down our government and threatening the stability of our economy, women from both sides of the aisle stepped into the breach, coming together to lead our nation toward a solution.

Goff: Could women have prevented shutdown? Fresno Bee When history looks back on this latest government shutdown, there likely will be a few key culprits who get the blame. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will surely be mentioned, along with the tea party and Obamacare.

But is it possible that the biggest culprit of all may escape blame?

I’m referring to our male-dominated political leadership.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sparked controversy in the conservative blogosphere Tuesday by saying during a television interview, “If we put all the women, Republican and Democrat, in the House together, the consensus from all of us is that we would get this done in a few hours.”

(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Collins leads Senate sisters in shaping deal USA TODAY WASHINGTON — The male Senate leaders may have tied the bow on a deal aimed at ending the government shutdown, but credit for shaping the package is being given to a group of women, led by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

Collins, a moderate Republican in her third term, was the leader of a bipartisan group of 14 senators — six of them women — who developed a compromise to end the 16-day partial federal shutdown and temporarily raise the debt ceiling so the nation isn’t on the brink of default.

Women Could Be Deciding Factor in Election WRIC …In a poll released Tuesday by Christopher Newport University, there is a 14 percent gender gap with 51 percent of women saying they plan to vote for McAuliffe, compared to 37 percent for Cuccinelli.

“There’s no question that there’s going to be more and more ads targeting women on TV in the upcoming weeks. The question is how much money is there and how many ads each candidate is going to be able to place,” Thompson says.

Men Got Us Into The Shutdown, Women Got Us Out Huffington Post …Following weeks of stagnation, The New York Times reported on Monday that a bipartisan group of women senators was playing a crucial role in opening discussions between Republicans and Democrats over how to move forward and reopen the government. Out of the 14 senators on the bipartisan committee that laid the framework for the debt deal, six were women. Susan Collins (R-Maine) started the group, and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) took part in negotiations.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that women were so heavily involved in trying to end this stalemate,” Collins told The New York Times. “Although we span the ideological spectrum, we are used to working together in a collaborative way.”

Senate women trust each other, parties aside MSNBC Senate women have lead the charge to cut a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar says it’s no surprise.

“The 20 women in the Senate have formed such strong friendships of trust, even though we come from different places, that I’m very hopeful as we go forward with Patty Murray, head of the Budget Committee, Barbara Mikulski, head of Approprations,” Klobuchar said. “Those relationships are going to make a difference as we get into what matters, which is the long-term budget.

Senate women have lead the charge to cut a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar says it’s no surprise.

“The 20 women in the Senate have formed such strong friendships of trust, even though we come from different places, that I’m very hopeful as we go forward with Patty Murray, head of the Budget Committee, Barbara Mikulski, head of Approprations,” Klobuchar said. “Those relationships are going to make a difference as we get into what matters, which is the long-term budget.”

11 Things You Don’t Know About The Senate Sisterhood TIME I spent nearly six months reporting this story, interviewing 14 of the senators, some of them multiple times, as well as all 20 of the women’s staffs. So, of course, much of my reporting didn’t make it into the story. Here are 10 things—facts, anecdotes, stories—that didn’t make it into the print piece.

1) Women did not begin to maintain a multiple presence in the Senate until 1992. Most of the women elected that cycle—Democrats Patty Murray of Washington, Illinois’ Carol Mosley Braun and Californians Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer— ran to change Congress after watching male senators beat up on Anita Hill during Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings.

2) Until 1992 almost all the women elected to the Senate were filling seats for a relation. But in the last 20 years, more and more women are getting elected in their own right. These days Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, is the only woman who filled a seat for a family member—her father, long time Alaska senator Frank Murkowski. Of course, that doesn’t count members of political dynasties like Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, and Hillary Clinton, who represented New York, who may not have had direct relatives serve in the Senate, but they did get a boost from their families.

Mitchell: ‘We need more women in politics …  msnbc.com DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz talks about what we can expect from House Democrats …

Focus groups in Nashville and Kansas City show anger toward D.C. | Reuters

‘Walmart moms’ air disgust with DC Politico Many women in a focus group of ten women in Nashville, Tenn., were optimistic about their own personal and family lives, but expressed extreme pessimism toward Congress and said the shutdown has exacerbated their distrust in government.

“It’s like watching a train wreck,” said Cathy, a 53-year-old mother of three from Nashville who voted for Obama last year.

Cass, 40, also an Obama 2012 voter, likened Congress to a group of 5-year-olds.

“Everything that they’re not doing is what we all learned in kindergarten,” she said. “They’re supposed to be working for us and it’s ridiculous.”

“Walmart moms,” a swing voting group first identified in 2008 by Public Opinion Strategies, largely voted for President Obama in 2008, Republicans in the 2010 midterms, and Obama again in 2012. They’re defined as working- and middle-class women who have shopped at Walmart at least once in the past month and have at least one child under 18.

Christie leads Buono by 29 points and narrows gender gap in new Q … The Star-Ledger – NJ.com  Gov. Chris Christie continues to dominate his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, and has narrowed the gender gap, according to a …

The double standard of women in politics UConn Daily Campus Catholicism dominates the religious. landscape and traditional gender roles are … the attitudes towards women in politics in the U.S. are far more old-fashioned.

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