From a lone legislator in 1917 to power players today, women in Congress have changed the culture of U.S. politics. Forging alliances across regional and ideological lines, vying for prominent roles, and crafting new policy discussions, women in the House and Senate are clearing a new path. This compact CQ Roll Call guide highlights 25 of the most influential women who wield political power in the 114th Congress. Readers will get a brief history of how women have made their mark in Washington, D.C., along with exclusive personal profiles of leading women Democrats and Republicans including:
—Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a favorite of many progressives who has been urged to run for president in 2016
—Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House minority leader and the first female Speaker
—Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the “dean of Senate women” and the longest-serving woman in Congress
—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D.-N.Y., an almost unknown in her state when she took over Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat in 2009, is now considered a future presidential candidate —Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., a rising voice on national security matters who gained national prominence in 2006 when she argued a parental notification abortion case before the Supreme Court
—And a bonus section of five freshmen on the rise including: Republican Joni Ernst, the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa and the first female combat veteran in the Senate, and Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress
The profiles, which include a short biography and color photos, are based on interviews and analysis.
“Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress” is a must-have for history lovers, political buffs and anyone curious about power brokers and women leaders in America.
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Staff writer Emily Ethridge has covered several aspects of Congress for CQ Roll Call from pharmaceuticals to appropriations and the budget process. Ethridge, a native of Charlotte, N.C., graduated from Johns Hopkins University.
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Book Description CQ Roll Call, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0996311009