Women in office
Almina Khorakiwala, a delegate to the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, and Aruna Miller, who represents Maryland’s largest-in-area district in the House of Delegates, are both of Indian descent. They look to the future and see that more women are needed in elected office, particularly at federal levels.
Affordable Care Act
Baltimore County’s Shirley Nathan-Pullian is the first Caribbean-born person elected to the Maryland legislature—and also a registered nurse. For her the proudest moments of the first Obama administration are passage of the Affordable Care Act, with its removal of pre-existing conditions and mammogram screening coverage, and his success in appointing Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Lilly Ledbetter and more
In addition to the Affordable Care Act, Maryland Women’s Caucus members cite the Lily Ledbetter fair pay act, President Obama’s first piece of legislation, as a testament to his concern for women’s rights. State Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, representing Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, says that “as a mother, wife and woman” affordable health care gives her peace of mind.
State Delegate Maggie McIntosh, who is openly gay and has for 20 years represented the 43rd district in Baltimore City, says President Obama kept us from the brink of depression and women need to be thankful. And for her on a personal level he is the first president to say that her relationship is equal to those of heterosexuals. McIntosh sees the Obamas as an efficient two-person tag team with Michelle Obama using her platform to address obesity, eating well and exercise as the key to long term health.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake warns that Mitt Romney would take us back to unequal wages for working women and unequal health care for women. “So much is at stake and I hope women realize it,“ says the mayor, adding with confidence, “We’re not going back.”
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