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A Women's Place...The Freshmen Women Who Changed the Face of Congress Hardcover – March 15, 1994


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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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YA-This informal and personal account by a first-term congresswoman is a revealing series of interviews, anecdotes, and experiences centering on the 24 women elected to the House of Representatives in 1992. Margolies-Mezvinsky, a democrat from Pennsylvania, focuses on the common ground of women's issues as well as health care, education, and defense. The women discuss their goals, their areas of concern, as well as their perceptions of the House of Representatives, where they make up only 11% of the membership. They describe changing roles; the effects of women on government; and balancing family, political life, and constituents' concerns. A fresh perspective on the way government works.
Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School Library, Upper Marlboro,
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (March 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517597136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517597132
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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