WCSYale: Leading the Charge for Parity!
While women have been gaining ground in many work environments and leveling their representation in traditionally men's fields like medicine and law, they remain significantly underrepresented in politics. Only 39 women have served in the United States Senate, with 17 serving currently. Statistics for the House of Representatives are equally dismal. As of the 2008 elections, only 17 percent of the total number of United States Congressional Representatives were women.
Complicating matters, for most women who run for public office the first time, the pathway toward victory is often a seat of the pants operation. Experience is gained on the ground, by ringing doorbells, making phone calls, and of course, asking outright for contributions. Too many mistakes or missed opportunities can be a death knell, resulting in a failed campaign.
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