Today’s spotlight is on Barack Obama as he is ceremoniously sworn in to a second term as President of the United States. The photo at right was taken during his actual installation on Sunday, January 20th, as prescribed by the Constitution. We’ve learned the hard way, however, that without Congress, lasting change is almost impossible. With that in mind, pay some attention to January 22nd, when Congress reconvenes.
The 113th Congress includes 20 female senators, more women than ever before. Still a pitiful proportional comparison to the U.S. population, but, according to the newly elected, it’s better than nothing. Among that group is Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), the Senate’s first Asian-American woman, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) the first openly gay senator.
Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, there are 81 women. The new Congress also includes the first open bisexual representative, (Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), as well as more religious diversity (2 Buddhists, a Hindu and several Muslims).
With so many “new” voices raised on the floors of Congress, will anything really change? Well, according to laws of physics, something has to. Beyond that, the BIG spotlight is already honed in on the 2016 election and the possibility of a female candidate. Or two.