Paths to Congress
Each interviewee has a unique story of her journey to Capitol Hill. This collection of clips showcases the diverse backgrounds that led women Members and staff to Congress, whether it was growing up in a political family, experience in the state legislature, or a commitment to public service. Listen to campaign stories from former Members as well as personal accounts of the hiring process from former staff.
Quick Decision to Run for Congress
The Honorable Beverly Barton Butcher Byron recalls the quick decision she made to run for Congress after the death of her husband Representative Goodloe Byron of Maryland.
Motivation to Run for Congress
The Honorable Claudine Schneider explains how she asked Members why they ran for national office and the different answers she received from men and women.
First Political Experience: Part Two
The Honorable Helen Delich Bentley reflects on the nature of campaigning.
Gender and the Campaign
The Honorable Yvonne Brathwaite Burke reflects on California's political atmosphere during her congressional campaign in 1972.
Answering the Call to Run for Congress
The Honorable Eva M. Clayton describes her reasons for running for Congress in 1968.
"I Wasn't Supposed to Win"
The Honorable Constance A. Morella reflects on her personable campaigning efforts in 1986.
Role of Gender in the Campaign
The Honorable Patricia Scott Schroeder describes the way the media, the public, and her new colleagues reacted to her candidacy as a married woman with young children.
Family and Politics
Betsy Wright Hawkings recalls the political allegiances in her family and how her mother gave her the confidence to be ambitious.
From the Winning Typing Team to Congress
Mary Ellen Atkins recalls her unique path to Washington, D.C.
Working Hard on the Campaign
The Honorable Sue W. Kelly recalls her busy schedule as she traversed the district during her first campaign to fill the House seat previously held by Representative Hamilton Fish, Jr.