Closing Gender Gap In Washington Is Slow Work

Hillary Clinton could make a giant leap for women in government if she wins the White House.

On Capitol Hill, it has been smaller steps in recent years.

Today, women make up roughly half of the US population, but hold only 19.4% of the seats in Congress.

And those numbers aren’t likely to rise much after after November 8, even with 183 total female congressional candidates on the ballot this fall.

In the Senate there are now 20 female lawmakers. According to the Rutgers Center for Women in Politics, 16 women are running for the upper chamber — 12 Democrats and four Republicans. But …

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