Women in Leadership: The Impact of Women on the U.S. Congress*



When the 116th Congress convened in 2019, a record number of women – 102 in the House of Representatives and 25 in the Senate – held seats. How has this historic increase changed the ethos of the institution? How do newly elected women interact with experienced members? How will the future of the Congress change as more women are elected? Aght, a distinguished panel including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Rep. Debra Lesko (R-AZ) will discuss these topics and others.

*Programs presented in conjunction with our exhibition: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).

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