• Aug 2, 2016

Why we’re talking to the women in power in Washington

Women dominate key positions on Capitol Hill, in the White House and in the lobbying and campaign worlds, but they have further to go.

Here’s how fashion designers imagine a woman dressing when she’s in the Oval Office

In Donna Karan's '90s ad campaign, model Rosemary McGrotha wears a double-breasted pinstriped jacket with a triple strand of gumball-size pearls. She appears to be taking the oath of office, with Secret Service agents hovering in the background and a first gentleman watching the proceedings.

For some conservative female pundits, this election has been a nightmare

On-air panels typically devolve into chaotic shouting matches that are clipped and shared online like reality TV fights or particularly gruesome sports injuries
  • Oct 25, 2016

The strangely awesome power of a first spouse

“What people around the world don't understand: First spouses, we don't choose this position, we just happen to be in it,” Michelle Obama said.
  • Oct 25, 2016

Why can’t women just be themselves when they run for office?

While we're past the point of asking where a woman's children are, women in politics say we're not at parity — yet.
  • Oct 25, 2016

One GOP woman wonders why the men in her party won’t defend her

I want to ask the men leading the GOP a question: Why didn’t you defend women from this raging sexist?
  • Oct 25, 2016

Even fictional Washington women face sexist stereotyping

It’s no coincidence that the challenges these women politicians in TV and film face couldn’t happen to their characters if they were written for male actors.
  • Oct 25, 2016

Women who want to get ahead should look to the federal government, not corporate America

Women and men are still far from parity in the top ranks of government. But they've climbed further than their counterparts at private companies, where just 16 percent of executives are women.
  • Oct 25, 2016

Loretta Lynch says women face ‘risk of not being seen.’ She speaks from experience.

Now the highest-ranking prosecutor in America, Lynch rose to prominence despite obstacles that sometimes came in the form of gender or race — or in her case, both.
  • Sep 13, 2016

White House women want to be in the room where it happens

Today, "if we're not in the room," national security adviser Susan E. Rice said of herself and other senior women, "it's not happening."
  • Sep 13, 2016

How a White House women’s office strategy went viral

I didn't intend to write a manual for feminist workplace practices — but that's what happened.
  • Oct 25, 2016

Wanted: Female candidates for federal office

This year, for instance, nine women are running for Senate -- but with two months to go before Election Day, only two are comfortably within range of winning.
  • Sep 13, 2016

How these powerful women learned to love fundraising

"Men wake up in the morning and they think, 'I've got this — I should be president,'" said Muthoni Wambu Kraal, a senior official with Emily’s List.
  • Sep 13, 2016

She’s been a secret weapon in Congress for 40 years. Here’s how she’s seen power change.

"One of the reasons I’m as close to my members as I am is I became their chief nurse."
  • Sep 13, 2016

Youngest female lawmaker says social media is just part of the job

"We are a generation that picks and chooses which issues we support and don’t support," Elise Stefanik said.
  • Sep 13, 2016

Juleanna Glover says it’s natural for conservative women to oppose Trump

"Come on in. The water is warm," she said.
  • Sep 13, 2016

Karen Bass says that in politics, it’s men who are the emotional ones

"I felt like being speaker was advanced boy management. That’s what I called it," she said of her time in the California Assembly.
  • Sep 13, 2016

Nancy Pelosi wants the speaker’s gavel back. And she needs Hillary Clinton’s help to do it.

If Pelosi once again becomes speaker, it will probably be because another woman — Hillary Clinton — has won the White House. Such a scenario would produce a watershed moment in American politics.
  • Jul 27, 2016

Where are all the high-ranking GOP women?

Unlike their Democratic counterparts, Republican women have struggled to make lasting gains in leadership positions over the past decade.
  • Aug 2, 2016

Congress’s four female combat veterans are speaking up on military issues

“I joke that I believe part of my calling in life is to create cognitive dissonance in people. First it was 'women warriors' and now it’s 'feminist Republican,'” McSally said.
  • Aug 2, 2016

Women are finally breaking into the top tier of political donors

The growing clout of conservative women is evident in the political network led by the billionaires industrialists Charles and David Koch
  • Aug 2, 2016

Five-term Rep. Yvette Clarke still gets asked for her ID entering the U.S. Capitol

“I can get on an elevator with some of my colleagues and they still ask me who I work for,” said Clarke.
  • Aug 2, 2016

Rep. Linda Sánchez gives you permission to run

"There's a quiet power within the household. Latina moms and grandmothers are respected and listened to, but it doesn't necessarily translate into careers or leadership roles."
  • Aug 2, 2016

Terri Sewell: ‘I never saw my limitations’

Sewell tells us what it's like to be the first African American woman to represent Alabama in Congress.
  • Aug 2, 2016