Gender and Politics in the American House of Representatives

The Hill reports:

The prevalence of women on the committee [select committee on Planned Parenthood] is almost without precedent in the House.

The only other House committee in history to have a woman serving as chairman and ranking member was the House Select Committee on the Beauty Shop. That panel existed from 1967 to 1977, and oversaw the operations of a salon on Capitol Hill. The panel was later folded into the House Administration Committee.

Only 19.3% of members of the U.S. House of Representatives are female. If ever there was a clear justification for gender quotas in representative politics, the U.S. Congress is it.

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