CT women make political presence felt


Voters turning up at the polls saw more women on the ballot. 

Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University Khalilah L. Brown-Dean said, “I think a lot of people have called this ‘The Year of the Woman.’ And what is so important is that it’s Democratic and Republican women saying ‘It’s time for our voices to be heard.’ It’s not just about being a woman. No one is getting elected just because they’re women. It’s about the issues and they policies that they’re going to bring and how they’re going to change the conversation to get things done.”

Brown-Dean said voters want change and female candidates were relatable and brought new ideas to the table.

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She added, “We saw the first two American-Indian women elected to Congress in the history of our country. That says something about the possibility of change, and why we should see change is a positive thing, not something we should fear.”

Former National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes became the state’s first African-American woman elected to Congress. She was a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury

Hayes said, “Mrs. Hayes goes to Washington.”

Following her victory, Hayes thanked supporters. “I just thank you and I am honored to be your next congresswoman,” she stated. 

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Brown-Dean told News 8 Hayes connected to people. Brown-Dean explained, “People like the fact that she didn’t take it for granted. That she seemed hungry about getting into office. The real task isn’t getting elected, it’s staying there and bringing something substantive back to the district.”

Women voters News 8 talked to said it was exciting to see women on the ballot. Sarah Terwilliger stated, “I like to see more women out there. I think it motivates younger girls to want to go out and do that with their lives someday too.” Krystal Gomez added, “I just think it’s our time right now.”

Some people said gender didn’t matter, adding they voted for the best candidate. Kim Poirier said, “I don’t think it is because you are a woman. It should be because you’re qualified and you should be there. Not because you’re a woman.”

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