Trickle-down equality: More women in Congress means less sexism for staffers

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Trickle-down equality: More women in Congress means less sexism for staffers

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Women in Congress have been getting attention recently for calling out casual sexism on the Hill — and female staffers say it’s making their jobs easier.

California Rep. Katie Hill told a male colleague she didn’t appreciate his sexual innuendo on the House floor. Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild tweeted that a different male lawmaker had tried to “mansplain” her own bill to her. And CNN reported on female lawmakers who had been greeted “Hey, beautiful” by male members of Congress, looked “up and down” by men in the hallways on Capitol Hill, or mistaken for staff members or spouses.

The lawmakers, part of the most diverse Congress in history, say that they’ve made a point of calling attention to institutionalized sexism to change how Washington works.

Click here to read the full article published by Roll Call on 12 April 2019.

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