Hillary Rodham Clinton made history Wednesday as the first woman Senator from New York and the only First Lady ever to win public office. After being sworn in as New York’s junior Senator by Vice President Al Gore, Clinton pledged to continue the Democratic policies of her husband. President Clinton jokingly thanked New Yorkers for absolving him of his 30-year guilt for having cost his wife a political career.
Senator Clinton is pro-choice, in favor of gun control, a living wage, a Patient’s Bill of Rights, campaign finance reform, and protection of Social Security. Clinton's election contributes to a critical mass of pro-choice feminists in the Senate, including 12 of the 13 woman Senators. Leading feminists attended Clinton's swearing-in, including Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation board member Peg Yorkin, Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt, NARAL's Kate Michaelman, and Ellen Malcolm of Emily's List.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .