A woman for vice president?

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

When I was in journalism school in college -- this was a few years ago -- about half of the people at the student newspaper were women. When I got out in the late 1970s, almost all of the editors I knew were men. These days, women editors are common.

Most librarians are women, yet when my wife began working in libraries, almost all of the directors were men -- a situation that must have seemed statistically absurd. Now, many libraries are run by women (such as the ones in Huron and Sandusky, for instance.)

And that's why I still think it's possible that Barack Obama and John McCain might choose a woman for a vice presidential running mate. I suspect many women believe it's time for a woman to be in a position of authority in the executive branch.

(Yes, I remember Walter Mondale had a woman as his running mate, a congresswoman named Geraldine Ferraro. That was historic, but Obama and McCain both actually have a chance to win.)

If Obama picks a white male as his running mate, I would think pressure would build on McCain to pick a woman.

Disclaimer: No women are being touted as front-runners in the veepstakes in the main national newspapers. Disclaimer II: I tried this theory Saturday on Amy Grubbe, chairwoman of the Erie County Democratic Party, and Jo Regal, chairwoman of the Ottawa County Democratic Party. Neither one seemed to buy into my reasoning.

Comments

Anonymous

think they would agree with you did you Mr. Jackson?? They are both...... women!! :)

Anonymous

Mr. Jackson:
Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas (and daughter of former Ohio Governor Gilligan) is absolutely on Obama's very short list for V.P. Just about every major newspaper in the Country has been reporting this for months, with increasing intensity in recent days since the field of potential candidates has been narrowed. Close McCain advisor Carly Fiorina (former CEO of HP) and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have also been reported to be on McCain's short list, although the conventional wisdom is that they aren't being considered as seriously as Obama is considering Sebelius. In fact, the Washington Post ranks Sebelius as the #1 most likely pick:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp...
Simple google search for Kathleen Sebelius will give you hundreds of articles.

Anonymous

The Washington Post article cited in the last comment is dated May 11. More recent articles don't mention Sebelius as a front runner, but we'll see.