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by Mary

Women and Politics (Kentucky)

November 17, 2010 in Political history, Social history

Can you see much diversity in this picture of the House of Representatives?

The United States as a whole ranks 84th in the world for gender diversity in the government.  Kentucky does not refute these statistics, because it is diversity challenged just as the nation is.  The argument that women are not in politics because they just do not run for offices, is a lame excuse, it goes beyond just not running in elections.  It starts out that we live in a white male patriarchy society, when women run for offices it is seen as unusual and does not go along with the norms.  They are also subject to scrutinity because shouldn’t they be taking care of families and be at home while the men do all the work?  This is a traditional way of thinking that is still present in much of the United States, especially in the southern states.  If we look at the history of women in politics it is not a very long list of names compared to that of men because women did not gain the right to vote until much later and the traditional roles in our society did not back up women running for offices.

In Kentucky’s House of Representatives currently serving there 13 females and only six black members (not females).  There are no black females serving.  “Of the top 7 leaders in the state of Kentucky, all are white and only one is a woman.”  In comparison to other states, Kentucky only accounts for .01% of African Americans elected officials throughout the country.  The only states that have less African American elected officials are North and South Dakota and Montana.  Also, Kentucky is actually ranked as one of the lowest in the country for female elected officials, right along with Albama and Louisiana. (See the “Political Participation” research report on the Kentucky Commission on Women website, women.ky.gov/ffp.htm.)

The recent statistics that show barely any diversity throughout the state of Kentucky, shows that there has truly been little change when it comes to equalization of politics, gender and race.  I think it is sad that so many individuals during the civil rights movement fought hard for equal rights and representation, yet this state has done little to implement these changes.

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I got most of my statistics from this handout by by Emily McKenzie, Christopher Perkins, and Anda Weaver (Berea College students in “PSC/WST/AFR 202, “Women and African Americans in Politics”) for a workshop on November 22, 2008 for the League of Women Voters of Berea and Madison County, “Gender and Racial Diversity in Kentucky’s Public Offices? Running for Office: How About You?” Accessed November 17, 2010.  http://lwvbmc.org/pdfs/research.pdf

by Measha

Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966

November 8, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

The Kentucky Civil Rights Act was signed into law January 27, 1966 by Governor Edwart T. Breahitt. The Act prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on race, national origin, color, and religion. It also disallowed housing discrimination. “Kentucky becomes the first state in the South pass a civil rights law. It becomes the first in the south to establish enforcement powers over civil rights violations on a state level.” King calls it “the strongest and most comprehensive civil rights bill passed by a Southern state.” Martin Luther King Jr. calls it “the strongest and most comprehensive civil rights bill passed by a Southern state.”

From middle school to college I have taken many history classes and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966 has never been mentioned. This was a huge milestone in history, and especially for the Civil Rights Movement. It is very interesting to know that Kentucky had a major impact during the Civil Rights Movement. It seems as if Kentucky is thrown under the bus with their participation in history.

When I read about the Kentucky Civil Rights Act I knew that I had to make a blog about this. This act is very important, this changed Kentucky and helped to changed the discrimination practices going on. It also showed how Kentucky changed within their on local government.

http://kchr.ky.gov/kchr1960.htm

http://www.ket.org/civilrights/timeline.htm Levitra Professional

http://www.wlky.com/news/22353101/detail.html

Who will our future daughters be?

November 5, 2010 in 1960s-1970s, Political history, Social history

Has anyone ever picked up a local, free publication called Skirt Magazine? It’s one of my favorites, and the November 2010 issue has made me smile. Inside I found an article by Shelby Knox called “Where Have All The Women Gone?” After reading it, I just knew it had to be shared!

The author asks her readers very simple questions that bring ‘the white elephant’ to the table to be discussed. She states, “While American women have progressed leaps and bounds since the feminist movement in the 1970’s, we still lag far behind in recognizing women’s contributions to society in the myriad of ways that we as a culture connote who and what is important.” (Shelby Knox, 2010). Shelby continues with her examples that build the case at hand and explore why ‘we still lag far behind’. Her explanation says, “Because we’ve lived for too long with the myth that men created the world and everything good in it and women stayed at home and did the laundry. Statues, stamps, street names and national holidays (of which there is not a single one honoring a woman), are how we as a culture teach children who is and is not important in our nation’s history and, by extension, our future. If young women can’t see ourselves as the inventors, artists, revolutionaries and creators that came before, how are we supposed to fashion ourselves into the modern version?” (Shelby Knox, 2010).

This point is very powerful and I wish for it to make a positive impact on those who read it. In addition, the article holds many other points that are worth reading: Equal Visibility Everywhere (EVE), National Women’s History Museum, and Victoria Woodhull.

Shelby Knox, SK. (2010, November). Where have all the women gone. Skirt Magazine, 44.

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