Analysis: Women still sparse in Miss. politics
American women have exercised the right to vote for nearly 90 years, but politics is still mostly a men’s game in Mississippi.
Chalk it up to the culture, and to family considerations. Women still run for office here in smaller numbers, and some have a tough time raising money to be competitive.
The most successful female politicos in Mississippi have been single or divorced. Many others have had no children or very young ones who aren’t tied to school schedules – or their kids have grown up and moved on to college or careers.
“I was of the generation that we had to wait until our children were raised. I had to wait until everyone was self-sufficient,” said Democratic state Rep. Diane Peranich of Pass Christian, who was first elected in 1987, when the youngest of her four sons was in his late teens.
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