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Women in Congress

Election 2014: Seven Wins for Women

Barbara Lee | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Women were major players in Senate races from New Hampshire to Georgia to Iowa and Kentucky. They were key contenders for governor's seats in at least nine states. They brought their unique perspectives to the political and policy debates from state legislatures to the U.S. Senate.

There Are More Women In Congress Now Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

American voters brought Congress to a historical breaking point in this year's midterm elections, as the number of women serving in the U.S. House and...

Michael McAuliff

Republican Push To Promote Women Stumbles With All White Guy Committee Chairs

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans, stung by perceptions that they are the party of old white men, have gone out of their way since the election to give more p...

What Happened Along The Way To 100 Women In Congress

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.06.2014 | Women

Tuesday's midterm elections resulted in multiple wins for female candidates -- there are now 100 women in Congress for the first time ever -- and a ne...

There Are 100 Women in Congress for the First Time Ever

Slate | Holly Allen and Amanda Marcotte | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women

By Holly Allen and Amanda Marcotte The gender breakdown of the next Congress is still to be determined, but a major milestone was reached Tuesday n...

Laura Bassett

These 5 Women Of Color Are Set To Make Congress A Little More Diverse

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Congress is a notoriously white, male and middle-aged legislative body. But the House of Representatives is expected to become a bit more div...

Children Need Champions Now More Than Ever

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

While some might argue that declining investments in kids is the price we need to pay to reduce the federal deficit, the fact is that the American people disagree and believe it to be a false choice.

Laura Bassett

Congress Has Another Women Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

The U.S. House of Representatives is far more interested in hearing from men than women when it considers new legislation, according to an analysis re...

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...