Women in Leadership
Leadership positions offer Members the means to implement their legislative agenda in the House of Representatives. In these clips, women Members describe their efforts to wield the gavel on a committee or win election to party leadership offices, and women staff members recall their attempts to secure influential positions such as chief of staff. Throughout, these stories highlight the difficulties women faced in pursuing their leadership goals while also demonstrating the transformative role of women in power in shaping legislation and the workplace on Capitol Hill.
Women Members in Leadership
The Honorable Nancy Lee Johnson relays her thoughts on women as policy makers and the value of a collaborative approach.
Chairing a "Caucus of Stars"
The Honorable Yvonne Brathwaite Burke shares memories of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Freshman Class President
The Honorable Eva M. Clayton describes how being freshman class president made her a more effective legislator in Congress.
Women and Leadership
The Honorable Sue Myrick discusses the challenges of getting women in leadership positions.
Help for the House Beauty Shop
The Honorable Yvonne Brathwaite Burke discusses her decision to chair the Beauty Shop Committee.
Ways and Means Subcommittee Chair
The Honorable Nancy Lee Johnson emphasizes the value of debate and input from others when considering amendments and drafting legislation.
Challenging "Regular Order"
The Honorable Eva M. Clayton describes how women Members wanted her to become freshmen class president.
Women and House Leadership
The Honorable Susan Molinari discusses the importance of having women in leadership positions.
Making History for Women: Part One
The Honorable Mary Rose Oakar discusses advice she received from Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro after she was elected secretary of the Democratic Caucus.
Making History for Women: Part Two
The Honorable Mary Rose Oakar explains how she made history at a White House meeting.
"The Sister Chiefs"
Rochelle Dornatt describes her role in organizing a network for women chiefs of staff.
The Whip Operation
Kathy Gille describes the steps involved in a successful whip operation.
Women and Positions of Influence in the House
Betsy Wright Hawkings reflects on how many women—Members and staff—have gained positions of power in Congress since the beginning of her career.
"Give Your Chair to a Lady"
Muriel Morisey recalls Representative Shirley Chisholm's campaign to become Democratic Caucus chair.