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Barbara Palmer & Dennis Simon

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 17: Roadblocks on the Path to Political Leadership: Women's Roles in Congressional Elections, Incumbency, and Parties

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Roadblocks on the Path to Political Leadership: Women's Roles in Congressional Elections, Incumbency, and Parties
Roadblocks on the path to political leadership: Women's roles in congressional elections, incumbency, and parties

On January 5, 2007, after being sworn in as the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Nancy Pelosi announced, “Today, we have broken the marble ceiling” (“Pelosi,” 2007). Yet, she presides over a Congress that is only 16% female. In the history of Congress, only 2% of all members have been women (Center for American Women and Politics, 2010). Why is the ...

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