A Women's Place...The Freshmen Women Who Changed the Face of Congress

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A Democratic Congresswoman from Pennsylvania offers a candid account of what she and twenty-three other new congresswomen found when they got to Washington and their experiences during their first eight months in office. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

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This will appeal to readers attuned to politics and the legislative process and to activists involved in the campaigns that elected more women to the House in 1992 than ever before. A 20-year NBC-TV news veteran elected to the House from Pennsylvania, Margolies-Mezvinsky interviewed all but one of the other freshman women as well as other, more senior members of Congress and interested observers including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ellen Malcolm of Emily's List. The result is an interesting description of how the new female legislators got to Washington and how they learned to cope through the first "scary and exciting and sometimes frustrating" eight months of their terms. From behind-the-scenes maneuvering on the Hyde amendment and the Clinton budget (on which Margolies-Mezvinsky cast the decisive vote in the House) to the congressional version of the familiar problem of "juggling job and family," this account offers useful insights as well as interesting anecdotes. Expect plenty of media attention. Mary Carroll

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In an exciting, instructive group portrait, Margolies-Mezvinsky ( They Came to Stay ), a Democratic representative from Pennsylvania, assisted by researcher-writer Feinman, here shows the challenges confronting 24 congressional female "freshmen" (including herself) elected in 1992--a year touted by the Democratic Party as the "Year of the Woman." The new members--a granddaughter of slaves among them--many of whom were inspired by Anita Hill and by the model afforded by veteran congresswoman Pat Schroeder of Colorado, candidly recount their struggles for recognition in a "good-old-boys club" and their efforts to secure assignment to powerful committees. The group has succeeded in winning funds for breast and cervical cancer research but has also weathered defeat of Medicaid abortion funding. As Arizona freshman Karan English concludes, "mastering the Capitol Hill game" is essential to "breaking through the glass ceiling." Photos not seen by PW.
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