The dearth of women in the Republican Party shows us how those male elephants on the far right have allowed themselves to function a good half-century behind the rest of the nation, where women are increasingly occupying leadership positions and find themselves less and less bound to the antiquated roles you see on TV shows such as “Mad Men.”
The liberation of women has not been easy, and it has not happened overnight — we did not get from Peggy Olson to Rachel Maddow in the blink of an eye. But it has been impressive to witness, from the rise of Oprah Winfrey from a talk show host into an actual media mogul worth billions of dollars to the selection of Marissa Mayer as the head of Yahoo!, making her one of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley.
There are now 20 female senators on Capitol Hill — the most ever in our nation’s history. Meanwhile, supposedly old-school New Hampshire has an all-female congressional delegation, as well as a female governor. That is also a first.