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Women shine in Tuesday's primaries, especially for the GOP

Good showings for female Republican candidate in Tuesday's primaries hold the promise of more women in elected office, reflecting society's faster pace toward gender equity.

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In the dozen states that held primaries Tuesday, female candidates not only did well but many of the women ran on a GOP ticket – which may help turn around that party’s reputation as a male bastion.

These ballot victories for women need to be noted, as Congress is still only 14 percent female while only 6 of 50 state governors are women.

Equality in politics has been slow-paced for women compared with other parts of American society. This year, for example, the nation passed an important milestone: For the first time in history, women outnumber men in the workplace. And that trend may only continue as colleges now enroll more women than men.

Voters, of course, don’t always reward a female candidate for being a woman. Just ask Hillary Rodham Clinton, who lost the 2008 race to be a candidate for president. And in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, a January contest for the Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy went to a state GOP lawmaker, Scott Brown, over Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general.

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