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Maryland Delegate: Clinton Win, a Win for all Women

Maryland is one of the states with the highest percentage of female lawmakers. (
Maryland is one of the states with the highest percentage of female lawmakers. (
August 4, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Many supporters of Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton say a win for her is a win for all women.

Maryland Delegate Aruna Miller says there's been a lot of rhetoric about both Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, and there are some who say they will vote for a third-party candidate.

Miller says that's a bad idea because there are some issues that affect families in this country that she maintains a female president will make a top priority.

That includes universal child care, paid parental leave and a higher minimum wage, along with reproductive rights.

"I think having an individual who's actually faced those discriminatory practices whether it's economic, legal, political, reproductive, we are much more sensitive to those issues and we're apt to be much more advocates for legislation that would include that," she states.

Miller says the Women's Caucus in Maryland has been working hard to get more female lawmakers elected at the local and state level.

Currently over 30 percent of the legislators in the Maryland General Assembly are women.

Miller has high praise for Maryland when it comes to diversity.

"Maryland's always been in the forefront in progressive issues, you know, opening doors for every type of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation on all these issues we've been in the forefront on," she points out.

Miller believes women bring a much-needed different perspective when they become leaders.

"You bring your own life experiences, background, all the things that you face because of the uniqueness of who you are and that includes your race, your gender, your sexual orientation, your faith,” she explains. “All of these unique wonderful qualities that define you."

Miller says as long as women are in the minority in leadership roles, topics that are important to them, including child care and reproductive rights, will take a back seat to other issues facing the nation.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD