Relationships in Congress
Many women Members and staff established social and political networks with their peers. Mentors and role models provided guidance with the rules and traditions of the House of Representatives. Through the Congresswomen's Caucus or informal social gatherings, women were able to share experiences with colleagues and build coalitions to implement their legislative agenda. Their stories highlight the central role of personal and professional relationships in the day-to-day activities on Capitol Hill.
"Do Not Let Friendship Leave Your Voice"
Judy Lemons discusses her strategy for success on the Hill.
The Honorable Lynn C. Woolsey remembers learning why some Members did not prioritize creating friendships within Congress.
Dressing for Congress
The Honorable Beverly Barton Butcher Byron discusses the wardrobe expectations for Members of Congress.
Common Bond Between Staff Members
Linda Steele explains the uncertainty of working in a Member office.
Sharing a Desk
Muftiah McCartin remembers sharing a desk with the only other woman in the office, Gay Topper.
The Honorable Sue Myrick recalls employing and promoting women whenever possible.
The Honorable Patricia Scott Schroeder relays her surprise at the generational divide between women Members.
The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman discusses the ways women Members overcame political divisions to collaborate on several significant issues.
John Mink's Role in Representative Mink's Career
Gwendolyn Mink describes her father's role in her mother's political career.
Accepted by Ways and Means
The Honorable Barbara Bailey Kennelly remembers building relationships with Members on the Ways and Means Committee.