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Women in Congress

There Won't Be Equal Numbers Of Men And Women In Congress Until 2121

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.23.2014 | Women

According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), we'll have to wait another 100 years to see gender parity in Congress -- unless somethi...

Laura Bassett

State Becomes Biggest All-Boys Club In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Pennsylvania is set to become the largest all-male delegation in Congress this November as a result of Tuesday night's primary races. Pennsylvania...

Laura Bassett

Group Dedicated To Getting Women Elected Hits Big Milestone

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

When Pat Spearman, an African-American, lesbian military veteran, ran against Nevada State Sen. John Lee, a conservative Democrat, in the 2012 primary...

Reasons to Be Grateful in 2013: The Women in Politics Edition

Barbara Lee | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things for which we're grateful. I try to remember this gratitude all year long, but this week is an especially important time to express it. Here, a handful of the many political women and events most deserving of a hearty "thank you."

Women and Compromise: A DW-NOMINATE Analysis of Congresswomen and Congressmen

Jarryd Willis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

The data supports the conventional wisdom that women are more likely to compromise than men. Of course, there are several caveats and limitations to these results.

Women Are The Only Adults Left In Washington

swampland.time.com | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics

With the federal government at shutdown's door, the 20 female Senate members are setting new standards for civility and bipartisanship. Look out, old ...

Women Take the Lead on the World's Biggest Stage

Anna Maria Chavez | Posted 12.17.2013 | Women
Anna Maria Chavez

The fact that women were instrumental in shaping the agreement that broke through the gridlock demonstrates beautifully why we need more women in positions of leadership in Washington and around the world in order to bring insight and balance to our greatest challenges.

The 31% Difference: Why We Need More Women (and More Effective Policymaking) in Congress

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

Let this crisis be a lesson to us, a call to action to improve Congress by electing more women in both parties, and let us see if a tragedy can become an opportunity to renew our trust in government.

Ladies in Red: Shut Out and Shutdown

Teal Pennebaker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Teal Pennebaker

What if women ran the House GOP? No really. What if they did? We probably wouldn't hear quotes like this about the federal shutdown, courtesy of House Republican Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) -- "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

Amanda Terkel

Patty Murray: Congress Wouldn't Be Such A Mess If Women Were In Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If women ruled the country, the government wouldn't be on the brink of shutting down or defaulting on its debt, according to Sen. Patty ...

Laura Bassett

New Women Candidates For 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added nine new recruits to its top tier list of candidates for 2014 this week, and seven of them are w...

9 Things Women Couldn't Do In 1913 -- And 3 Things They Still Can't

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women

It's Women's Equality Day, which is a good moment to take stock of how far we've come -- and the areas of our lives where we are not feeling the equal...

Is There a Daddy Equivalent to the Mommy Wars?

Barbara Lee | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Barbara Lee

Asking if men -- for whom societal structures have been working pretty favorably forever -- can "have it all" strikes a nerve with some women. Rightfully so. Perhaps it is because women are what's missing from this budding Daddy Wars conversation.

Laura Bassett

Nancy Pelosi: Congress Is 'Rigged'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

The day after Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and an all-male panel of his colleagues advanced a bill to restrict abortion rights across the U.S., House M...

Emily Swanson

Who Americans Want More Of In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

Most Americans would prefer that the U.S. Congress be evenly divided between male and female members, as opposed to the current male majority, accordi...

Jan Diehm

LOOK: The Limits Of 'Leaning In'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Women

As women across the country form "Lean In" circles and others poke holes in the messages of Sheryl Sandberg's book of the same name, the fact remains ...

LOOK: This Is How Many Women There Are In Congress

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.16.2013 | Women

It's common knowledge that in the U.S., women are sorely underrepresented at the highest levels of government (and other levels, too). Besides the fac...

Young Women Don't Think They Want to Run

Kate Farrar | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
Kate Farrar

Women make up only 18.3 percent of Congress, ranking us 77th in the world for gender representation in politics. And that's not going to improve unless we take a hard look at why even today's young women demonstrate a political ambition gap.

Let's Stop Celebrating the 'Record' Number of Women in Congress

Jessica Levinson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

There are 535 people in Congress total. Simple math tells us that that less than 19 percent of our representatives are women. Women account for slightly more than 50 percent of the population of the United States. By any stretch of the imagination women are still woefully underrepresented.

My Valentine Invitation

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

I am hopeful that the combination of an unprecedented female leadership in Congress and the opportunity for our own voices to break through will make sure women's rights and status in society are fully equal to men's and truly secure all over the world.

A New Angle to Break Deadlock

Amb. Swanee Hunt | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics
Amb. Swanee Hunt

Women may be our best chance at breaking through disastrous partisan gridlock. In a dozen other settings, Washington women continually put aside partisanship to jointly lead caucuses or committees, dine together regularly, and take turns batting and fielding.

Will Record Number of Women in the 113th Congress Improve Workplace Policies on Capitol Hill?

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 03.10.2013 | Women
Cara Woodson Welch

With record numbers of women in the 113th Congress, will we see more female chiefs of staff? Will having more women in leadership positions result in better workplace policies? Could all of that lead to a more functional workplace overall?

Pelosi Defends Posting Altered Photograph

AP | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the swearing-in of a record number of Democratic women was a historic moment worth a photog...

For Women and the Economy, A New Year, New Opportunities: What Would Warren Buffett Do?

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 03.04.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

According to Warren Buffett, women can save the U.S. economy -- but in order to do so, we must continue to open new opportunities for women.

Does Gender Identification Have a Place In Our Political System?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.28.2013 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Perspectives impact rulings. Understanding other lives is not the forte of homogeneous groups. I am not talking about symbolic diversity. I am not talking about role models and success stories. I am talking about bringing a kind of life perspective to our political representation that will not find its way there on its own.