7 thoughts on “Kim McMillan Talks about the Womanfolk

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  2. Yeah, Andy, that was kind of non-responsive. Women participate less than men do in politics in TN because in the south women participate less. Oooooohkay.

  3. I heard it as “women, especially in the South, are kind of conditioned not to make trouble,” and thought of church ladies who would never run for office either because that’s not their “place” (b/c supporting roles are their “place”) and “if you can’t say something nice…” and all that business. I know that some of my relatives (all Southern) think it’s a little weird or aggressive that I send letters to my legislators.

  4. Rachel, that’s the spirit in which I took it, too. Which is why I thought she struck a really nice balance between “what I’m doing is perfectly ordinary” and “What I’m doing is maybe a little new to folks.” That’s a hard tight-rope to walk.

  5. I know she won’t come out and say that the patriarchs in the state power structure are not about to let “the girls” have any say about how the sausage factory is run, but fact remains that Tennessee is at the bottom of the bottom of women in political leadership & elected office.

    And the ones that are out there (and I don’t need to remind, of course) are typically Republican.

    Some nifty factoids:

    Only 15.9% of the Tennessee Legislature in fall 2007 was female – this represents a drop from 17.4% in 2006.

    In 2006 the Tennessee Economic Council on Women found that Tennessee ranks dead last of the 50 states in political participation for women, for the fourth straight year. This is due partly to low numbers of women registered to vote, but also to low numbers of women running for and being elected to office. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2002’s elections for U.S. Senator; Tennessee Governor; and local races, 61.4% of eligible women were registered to vote in Tennessee, but only 44.1% of them voted on Election Day.

    In 2004, Tennessee’s low rankings for women on such issues as employment and earnings; social and economic autonomy; and health and well-being, combined with its low number of women participating in government, earned Tennessee the title of one of a handful of “Worst States for Women” in the U.S. as measured by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

    Only 5 women have ever represented TN in the U.S. Congress.


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