Rep. Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.), who is challenging Sen. Claiborne Pell (D), yesterday addressing the question of why she and other female candidates may have trouble attracting a lot of support from female voters:

"I am an achiever. I've set some goals. Some women may think that those are exceedingly challenging goals and feel threatened that I am raising the standard for what is expected of women. And so there is a kind of discomfort that might be engendered towards women.

"I think another reason is that there are some women who continue to feel that women do not belong in politics. . . .

"I think that many of those women who feel that I should be a schoolteacher, be in the business community or something else just have this mindset that has not been broken down yet . . . that it is important to have women in elected office because there is no man that works as hard for policy changes for women as does a woman. . . .

"There are so many areas where women can play an important role in government . . . and in bringing about greater equality for women. I regret that a good majority of women are not aware of that yet."