Congress

Facts

Women in the US Congress 2017

Overview of women currently serving in U.S. Congress. 

Women in the US Senate 2017

Current and past women in the U.S. Senate, including a summary of whether they first entered office by election or appointment. 

Women in the US House of Representatives 2017

Current women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as summary information about how they first entered office. 

Women in Congress: Leadership Roles and Committee Chairs (past and present)

 

History of Women in the US Congress

List of numbers of women serving in U.S. Congress from 1917 to current.

Widows Who Succeeded Their Husbands in Congress


 

2017 Listing of Women in Congress

Fact Sheet Archive on Women in Congress (1998-2015)

Research

Legislating by and for Women: A Comparison of the 103rd and 104th Congresses

by Mary Hawkesworth, Debra Dodson, Katherine E. Kleeman, Kathleen J. Casey, and Krista Jenkins
Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2000, 51 pages

This report examines the political work of women legislators in the 103rd and 104th congresses as they attempted to transform their commitment to represent women into law. 

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Welfare Reform in the 104th Congress: Institutional Position and the Role of Women

by Susan J. Carroll (with Kathleen J. Casey)
Book chapter in Women and Welfare: Theory and Practice in the United States and Europe, edited by Nancy J. Hirschmann and Ulrike Liebert (Rutgers University Press, 2001)

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Representing Women: Congresswomen's Perceptions of Their Representational Roles

by Susan J. Carroll, 2000, 12 pages

This report assesses the extent to which women members of Congress see themselves and act as surrogate representatives for women who may live beyond the borders of their districts. (Data based on larger CAWP report on women members of the 103rd and 104th Congresses.)

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Voices, Views, Votes: Women in the 103rd Congress

by Debra L. Dodson, Susan J. Carroll, Ruth B. Mandel, Katherine E. Kleeman, Ronnee Schreiber, and Debra Liebowitz
Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1995, 32 pages

This report examines how the women in the 103rd Congress acted to shape the content of legislation, to build support for bills, and to create a political environment in which they could effect change. 

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Gender and Policymaking: Studies of Women in Office

Ed. Debra L. Dodson 
Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1991, 133 pages

This collection of essays investigates the impact of elected and appointed women officeholders at the local, state, and national levels.

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Women Political Appointees
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State Legislature
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Profile of Women Holding Office II

by Marilyn Johnson and Susan Carroll with Kathy Stanwick and Lynn Korenblit
Center for American Women and Politics, 1978, 71 pages

CAWP produced the first-ever directories of U.S. elected women, who were surveyed in 1975 and 1977. The directories included names, addresses and background data. Each directory included a statistical essay, also published as stand-alone documents, examining the numbers, personal characteristics, political backgrounds, issue orientations, and ambitions of women in federal, state, county, and local government as reported in the surveys. 

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Statewide Executive
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Profile of Women Holding Office I

by Marilyn Johnson and Kathy Stanwick
Center for American Women and Politics, 1976, 37 pages
 

CAWP produced the first-ever directories of U.S. elected women, who were surveyed in 1975 and 1977. The directories included names, addresses and background data. Each directory included a statistical essay, also published as stand-alone documents, examining the numbers, personal characteristics, political backgrounds, issue orientations, and ambitions of women in federal, state, county, and local government as reported in the surveys. 

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CAWP Scholar
Research
Congress
Statewide Executive
State Legislature
Local

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