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Lady Vice President by Year 2000 (1955)

The November 21, 1955 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, AK) ran a short piece with the predictions of Mrs. Ivy Baker Priest. She predicted that by the year 2000 there would be three female members of the Supreme Court and a lady vice president. Priest also predicted that half of congress would be female.

Sonia Sotomayor would be the third female Supreme Court justice in U.S. history, though there has never been more than two women on the court at one time. Sotomayor's confirmation hearings are set to start July 13, 2009.

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, there are currently 441 members of the U.S. Congress that are male (83%) and 92 that are female (17%). For more information, check out the Women in Congress website.

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That Inter-Parliamentary Union statistic must sweep in the Senate, as the numbers add up to 535 members, whereas the house is just 435.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

You are correct. Good catch.

June 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterMatt Novak

@Wutzke It has been corrected.

June 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterMatt Novak

You know, if the Republicans had won last year's election, the main prediction would've been off by only 8 years. However, I don't think i want to see that kind of woman make history (know what I mean?).

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucario

Seriously. What a jackass. It must have been terrible to live in a society where blowhards like this were the norm.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaintly Macabre

Hmmm... When you look at it from the view of the past, it's rather embarrassing that we still haven't come close to meeting that prediction.

*sigh* Not that I'm advocating any random female vice president off the street (which seemed rather like what the Republicans tried to do), but it says a lot that we're so far behind expectations.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEva

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