From Housework to the House

4 April 2015
This paper describes the evolution of how women have shaped the Democratic Party and the contributions they have made from the 105-107th congress.

This paper describes the evolution of how women have shaped the Democratic Party and the contributions they have made from the 105-107th congress. It also discusses gender gap among politicians and shows that even though great contribution has been made in the political arena, much work towards equality is still needed.
“Twenty years of House Work “and the place is still a mess!” These immortal words were first spoken by former Representative Patricia Schroeder in her 1998 memoirs, reflecting her perspective on her time in the House of Representatives (Schroeder, 1998, 1). Twenty-six years earlier, Pat Schroeder made history in Denver, Colorado, beating her well known male opponent for a House seat of which she would be only one of 14 women in the entire congressional body. In the twenty four years Schroeder was in the House of Representatives, she saw female legislators come and go, and when she retired in 1996, she retired to 50 female colleagues in the House and nine female colleagues in the Senate (Lewis 2001). Of those 50 House women, 32 were Democrats and in the Senate, 5 were Democrats (Lewis 2001). These women, most of which were elected in their own right to their seats, came from diverse backgrounds to come together in government and make a difference for not just women, but the country as a whole. Female democrats in the House and Senate have helped to shape the Democratic Party to its current state with legislation and agenda setting from the 103rd Congress to the 105th Congress.”
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