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Where Are The Women In Wildomar And Lake Elsinore Politics?

If women don’t start getting involved in politics, there may be dire consequences.

Susan B. Anthony brought the women’s suffrage movement to the United States and fought for the equality of women in America.  She succeeded in many ways, but women were still a disenfranchised group.  It wasn’t until 1920, 14 years after Susan B. Anthony’s death, that women earned the right to vote across the United States.

Now, over 90 years later, it would seem logical that women have achieved the same success as men. After all, universities across the country are filled with women ready to join the ranks of men and run companies as well as the government. According to Cal State San Marcos fall 2010 enrollment, women made up 62 percent of the student body, and Cal State San Bernardino boasts a 64 percent female population in its 2011-2012 data.

Why hasn’t the face of our nation changed with those encouraging statistics? In 2011, only 12 women were CEO’s in the top 500 companies that gross the most in the U.S., also known as the Fortune 500. Sadly, that stat was down from 2010, when there were 15 women included in that group. 

When it comes to wealth in America, only two women broke the top 20 richest Americans, according to Forbes, and both are decedents of Sam Walton, the owner of Walmart. 

In political circles, things haven’t improved much either. Women only represent 17 percent of the seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 

If women don’t start getting involved in politics, there may be dire consequences. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who represents Lake Elsinore and Wildomar, held a congressional hearing on contraception and refused to allow women to be on the panel that reported to the committee. 

Locally, we have lopsided representation in politics as well. Currently, both the mayors and mayors pro tem of Wildomar and Lake Elsinore are men. Out of the 10 city council members in Wildomar and Lake Elsinore, only three are women. 

Some might argue that women aren’t as motivated to work because they are the caregivers of the family, but that is not the case.

“The poverty rate among women climbed to 14.5 percent in 2010 from 13.9 percent in 2009, the highest in 17 years,” according to the National Women’s Law Center.

This is not a sign that women don’t want to work. The National Women’s Law Center also found that, “The typical white, non-Hispanic woman who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 made only 77.6 cents compared to her male counterpart.”

Now that we’re aware of the problem what do we do as a community? And if we do, will it make a difference to our community?

Katheryn April 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Go to to ABLE website and see why people can't stand Melendez, and want her gone.
Andrees Vargas April 17, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Well I've been living in elsinore for about 15 years. And I must say this is the first time I hear that they wanna get ride of council members. I don't get why we want them out when we the people elected them into office.... Learn the facts of every politican before going out to vote.
Katheryn April 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Yes, you need to learn the facts and then watch what the person does once they are in office. The fact is Melendez is not what she purported to be when running and now people want her out of Lake Elsinore politics. Attend a meeting of ABLE http://www.abetterlakeelsinore.com/ These people are telling the truth and not putting a positive spin on something which is negative. By the way I have some latin friends who voted for Melendez because of her last name and they recently told me how sorry they were to have voted for her.
Diana April 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The ABLE Group was formed right before Bob Brady was terminated. The life long resident and activist Chris Hyland heads it up and I believe Lisa, posting on the Patch as Katheryn is her right arm. These Ladies attend every Council meeting there is and present negative suggestions to the Council at every meeting as I said before. Their efforts might be producive if perhaps they hadn't been beating one dead horse after the other for so long. Instead of trying to bag on the three Council members as they do with the same comments both on and off the Patch, they might try to channel that energy into something positive that could help move the City forward and not be the laughing stock of the town...just saying!!!!!!!! It's kind of like telling a child over and over again to do something, pretty soon he stops listening, and you have beat this entire Melendez issue into the ground and stooped to an all time low of watching her chew gum..........are you kidding me?
Diana April 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
OH, and BTW Melendez is beating Magee so there has got be something there. So apparently the people see her in a different light then the few on here that post nothing but negaives regarding her.

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