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Government Gem: Women in Congress

Posted by wastatelib on June 8, 2007

Women in CongressWe like to profile some of the great publications which the Washington State Library receives through the United States Depository Library Program.  Here’s another great one from the Serial Set: Women in Congress: 1917-2006.  This hefty volume starts out with a general history of women in Congress, and then moves on to individual profiles, separated into “Former Women Members” and “Current Women Members.”  Each profile includes a summary of the Congresswoman’s career, notable achievements, political causes, a large photograph, and quotations.  The most noteworthy features are the further reading suggestions, and manuscript collections pertinent to each lawmaker.  Washington State is, of course, well represented.  One especially interesting entry is for former Democratic represenative, Julia Butler Hansen, who served from 1960 to 1974:

When [Julia Butler Hansen] brought her first bill as subcommittee chair to the full committee, Chairman Mahon decided to test her. “Oh, Julie, you’re going to have to cut at least $2 million out of that bill,” Mahon said. Hansen complied.  The next morning, after conferring with her subcommittee, she reported to Mahon that she had cut $2.5 million from the bill. “Julie, that’s wonderful,” Mahon said. “Where did you take it out of the bill?” She replied, “Right out of your district, Mr. Chairman.”

As with our other government publications, if you are interested in seeing the print version of Women in Congress, just let us know and we’ll have it waiting for you at the Reference Desk when you arrive.

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