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Panelist Jennifer M. Granholm, a former governor of Michigan and now a Politico columnist, said the best person should always be elected, "but it just happens that the Democrats have them."
She said it was because of the state's volunteerism and citizens' engagement that New Hampshire was the first state to back a woman as a presidential nominee in the primary - Hillary Clinton, in 2008; the first state with an all-female Congressional delegation; where the second woman governor, herself, was sworn in by the first woman chief justice of the state Supreme Court, Linda Stewart Dalianis; and where a woman, Terie Norelli, is the speaker of the state House of Representatives.
"We have to raise strong women, strong girls and good men today," she said.
When Eddy asked panelists if the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate helped or hurt women, Jamal Simmons, a Democratic political analyst based in Washington, D.C., said it was a good thing. Schriock said the problem was not Palin but the Republican Party's policies.
The GOP is a party that says we have a women's problem, but then attacks health-care coverage and won't consider equal pay for women, she said.
Schriock said it is important for women to get a seat at the table, not just in politics but also in business, where only 21 women are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. She said Title IX, which led to greater equality in sports for girls and boys, was an afterthought added to legislation by U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink.
As for reproductive rights, she said it was an economic issue, not a social issue, along with minimum wage, equal pay and child care.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was supposed to participate in the panel discussion, but remained in Washington to vote on a temporary spending bill to prevent the U.S. government from shutting down.
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