The nation's first majority-female legislature is currently meeting in Nevada.
CARSON CITY, Nev. She didnt plan to say it. Yvanna Cancela, a newly elected Democrat in the Nevada Senate, didnt want to sound crass. But when a Republican colleague defended a century-old law requiring doctors to ask women seeking abortions whether theyre married, Cancela couldnt help firing back.
A man is not asked his marital status before he gets a vasectomy, she countered and the packed hearing room fell silent.
Since Nevada seated the nations first majority-female state legislature in January, the male old guard has been shaken up by the perspectives of female lawmakers. Bills prioritizing womens health and safety have soared to the top of the agenda. Mounting reports of sexual harassment have led one male lawmaker to resign. And policy debates long dominated by men, including prison reform and gun safety, are yielding to female voices.
Cancela, 32, is part of the wave of women elected by both parties in November, many of them younger than 40. Today, women hold the majority with 23 seats in the Assembly and 10 in the Senate, or a combined 52 percent.
No other legislature has achieved that milestone in U.S. history. Only Colorado comes close, with women constituting 47 percent of its legislators. In Congress, just one in four lawmakers is a woman. And in Alabama, which just enacted an almost complete ban on abortion, women make up just 15 percent of lawmakers.
The female majority is having a huge effect: More than 17 pending bills deal with sexual assault, sex trafficking and sexual misconduct, with some measures aimed at making it easier to prosecute offenders. Bills to ban child marriage and examine the causes of maternal mortality are also on the docket.
I can say with 100 percent certainty that we wouldnt have had these conversations" a few years ago, said Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D). "None of these bills would have seen the light of day.
The laws coming out of Nevada are a bit different than what we've seen in some other states recently.
That last graph should be a motivating wake up call to those who still believe USA is so progressive on women's issues like the GOP keep telling us. There are a lot of developing countries with way more female legislators.
My initial thought is that it will fare quite well. But it will be fascinating to see results.
it wasn't too long ago when it was considered a red state and Dems had no chance. Yet Harry Reid, a mormon, represented that state as a Dem and Dennis Hof, a brothel owner, ran for office as a Trump Republican and won after dying.
in recent years. especially in the more urban areas
it has a rapidly growing population
the Dennis Hof phenomenon took place in a deep red very rural county. not a huge surprise
I think we'll see the proposed minimum wage increase passed here soon. Gov. Sandoval, who most consider a moderate Repub, vetoed the last attempt, but he's history now, and the last of the tea party types are gone as well. http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2019/05/06/nevada-legislature-looks-to-increase-the-states-minimum-wage/
But for vote suppression many states would have governments that resemble Nevada's.
Sheldon Adelson may own our paper, but he can't buy our Senators.