When four women from Pennsylvania were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, it did more than break up the state’s all-male congressional delegation. It made history as well.
The women – U.S. Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District; Susan Wild, D-7th District; Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District; and Madeleine Dean, D-4th District- stand united not just as a female contingent, but also as a force for team Democrats. They hold join fundraisers, meet socially and advise each other from political management to what to wear, writes Allison Stevens in the Captial-Star.
These four women are the first women to represent the Pennsylvania in Congress since 2015, when ex-Rep. Allyson Schwartz retired.
Six other women have served in the state’s congressional delegation, three of whom were elected without first succeeding husbands who died in office. No more than two women had previously represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House at the same time.
Until last year Pennsylvania was the largest state with an all-male congressional delegation. The state ranked 49th in women’s political representation overall, across multiple levels of government, according to RepresentWomen, an organization working to advance gender parity in politics.
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