Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues--
Since its founding, Caucus membership has grown from 15 to 63. These Congresswomen are nearly as diverse as the constituency of women they represent. They come from 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands; they are African American, Latina, Asian American, and Caucasian. Together, these women bring to Congress a wealth of experience as mayors, state legislators, businesswomen, lawyers, doctors, nurses, educators, community activists, mothers, and grandmothers.
During the 108th Congress, the problem of sexual assault in the military was one of the Caucus' top priorities. The Caucus held a hearing on the subject, successfully championed an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill regarding the issue, drafted landmark legislation addressing sexual assault and domestic violence in the military, and held high-level discussions with Pentagon officials.
Additionally, the Women's Caucus successfully increased funding for UNIFEM, continued its groundbreaking work on educational equity for girls and women, focused on the elimination of domestic violence, and worked to ensure that women-owned businesses are receiving equitable federal contracting opportunities.
Click here for the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues' detailed report on their accomplishments during the 108th Congress (MS Word document).
Women in the House of Representatives