During the Overtime section of an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher read a fan question that criticized Hillary Clinton as inspiring uneasiness in the country. Jennifer Granholm, the former Governor of Michigan, commented on it, stating that Republicans have created an environment that discourages women in politics. Granholm asserted that if there were more women involved, there would be numerous social policy changes enacted in the country, including:
- Affordable quality child care
- Insurance companies covering female contraception
- Increased minimum wage
Also on the panel was Mary Matalin, a strategist for the Republican Party since the Reagan Administration. Matalin asked why Granholm thought only women could fix the political problems associated with them. Granholm replied that what she meant was having more women would add more perspectives to the male-dominated perspectives in Congress.
Matalin then changed course, saying that Washington was overblown, meaning people should focus on enacting change through the states. Granholm was quick to point out how there were only five female governors (at the time), and that the percentage of state-wide offices held by women were consistently decreasing year-after-year. Matalin said that you didn’t need to have large numbers of women in politics to make an impact, leading Granholm to end by saying that having the nation’s electorate be representative of the country would be beneficial to everyone.
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