November 10th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Despite new female faces in Congress, numbers in decline

Washington (CNN) - Ask Republican Rep.-elect Nan Hayworth how important it is to have women in congressional leadership roles, and she answers that gender shouldn't matter much.

"The overwhelming consideration to someone like me is merit," Hayworth insisted.

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  1. once upon a horse

    and yet the polls claim that the once safe female vote went over to the Republicans this time and just look at what they got in return for it. Just another example of the disconnect that voters chose this time when they went into the voters booth. Voting while angry rarely solves anything because you don't think things through and this election shows it.

    November 10, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That is the same issue as the so-called glass ceiling, which simply means women still put priorities on kids, and not career. (No, I didn't say family......because husbands are never as important to women, as kids.)

    November 10, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Wrong. I just looked up the data and the rise has been fairly steady when considered over _all_ years, but the curve is not and has not been monotonic. There may be fewer members this cycle than last, but that does NOT mean women's presence is in decline, it means it decreased between two discrete end-points. Two points does not a trend make. Look at it over the past 10, 20, 30 years when interpreting the information and one will quickly see the entire blathering thesis about declining numbers is horsepucky.

    November 10, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Male chauvinism still dominates D.C. Republicans are scared of female lawmakers after they saw how much Speaker Pelosi accomplished.

    November 10, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Get A Grip

    Here's a few female faces that would be nice if we didn't see them in Congress.....Pelosi, Boxer, Waters, Jackson....just to name a few.

    November 10, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Peter s

    You reap what you sow! Don't we have equal rights according to the law?

    November 10, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    Well – Keep your eyes on Kamala Harris – District Attorney of CA running for Attorney General!! She is leading slightly and that race is still undecided. She is a STRONG LEFT female and NOT your typical AIRHEAD that comes from the RIGHT!!!! I look forward to her WINNING and I think she will go a long way!!!

    We need WOMEN out there that represent the MAJORITY of Women – NOT far-right women who represent the minority!! I agree with "Once Upon a Horse" – the WOMEN jumped to the RIGHT and did not care who they were voting for – just to try and BEAT the status quo – It did not WORK because MOST women – thank God – did not fall for it!!!

    T'sah – OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward with President Obama and STRONG women from the LEFT – not so FAR LEFT – but Strong and have BRAINS!!!

    November 10, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    What you really mean is.....there are fewer Democrat female wouldn't bother me (and the majority of Americans, as proven by the last election) to never see another Democrat female face.....after all, the Botex injections alone are far too costly to the taxpayers.

    November 10, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |