As the number of women in Congress grows, so does the strength of sisterhood among them, particularly for working moms. U.S. Rep. Hillary Scholten believes that women leading Congress could bring transformation to an overwhelmingly male-dominated institution.
Increasing Female Representation in Congress
There are currently 153 women serving in the 118th Congress, with 128 women in the House. Scholten notes that less than 400 women have served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1789. The increasing number of women lawmakers is taking the lead on shaping policy and legislation, particularly on issues like reproductive freedom.
Scholten’s Leadership on Key Issues
Scholten has taken the lead on issues like gun reform and combating child labor. She has been named a ranking member to the Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure within the U.S. House Committee on Small Business and vice ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on the Coast Guard.
Breaking Barriers in Grand Rapids
Scholten’s win in November 2020 made her the first woman to represent Grand Rapids in the U.S. House and the first Democrat from the area since 1977. Other Michigan lawmakers who have flipped seats from red to blue in recent years are also among the Democratic women serving in Congress.
Forming Lasting Bonds with Fellow Moms
As more women join the ranks of Congress, the bonds of sisterhood and support among them grow stronger. These connections are especially important for working moms, who can rely on each other for advice, encouragement, and understanding. The strength of sisterhood in Congress not only benefits the women themselves but also helps to create a more inclusive and diverse political landscape.