The impact of the gender gap in Congress

Capital buildingBY PIPER HOFFMAN

Women in the United States have more rights and equality than women in most other countries, right? Doesn’t that sound like a reasonable statement? Then how is it that the U.S. ranks 79th “in the world for women’s political representation”? And that is after last week’s elections, which brought the number of female Senators up from 17 to a whopping 20.

The underrepresentation of women in government matters. In the Huffington Post, Soraya Chemaly quotes Alexander Hamilton’s gem in the Federalist Papers that “all classes of citizens should be involved so that their feelings and interests be better understood.” If you’re not on the legislative floor, neither are your interests.


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