With 104 women in the 114th Congress, 2015 marks a record year for female political representation in the United States. On the other hand, while there have been 2,000 congressmen throughout U.S. history, only 313 women have held legislative posts. Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz notes: "We have a long way to go."
In an interview on the sidelines of the 2nd Women's Hemispheric Network Forum in Miami, Wasserman Schultz shared her personal story about entering politics at 25 years old. She recounted the gender biases she's confronted from both her male and female colleagues. "Simply because a woman gets elected doesn’t mean that she advocates on behalf of the issues that are important to women," she said. Wasserman Schultz also points out the most important gender issues that need to be addressed today, and shares practical advice for a successful career in politics.
- The interview took place on the sidelines of the event "Inspiring Women to Lead: 2nd Women's Hemispheric Network Forum in Miami."
- Learn more about the AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network.