Women of the 113th Congress: What to Expect

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[Editor's Note: The 113th Congress was sworn in Thursday morning, making the most diverse body of lawmakers ever to work on Capitol Hill. While it's cause for celebration, let's not stop there. Guest blogger Rachel Engel writes on Hello Ladies has high hopes for the women to make a difference in Washington. --Grace]

After being told all year long about the supposed “war on women”, I’d say the 98 women who will be a part of the 113th Congress in January are a good indication that we fought back pretty well. With women now making up 20 percent of the Senate, and after several males who made completely inaccurate and foot-in-mouth comments about the female body and reproduction were defeated, it looks like the “fairer sex” will be well represented in 2013.

But, what can we expect from the 24 newcomers? Being a female in a male-dominated profession and culture can be daunting, but thankfully, these congressional women seem to have plenty of fire and drive, which is what got them elected in the first place.

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 3, 2013 Women Members of the Democratic Caucus pose for a group photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, the United States, on January 3, 2012 to highlight the historic diversity of the House Democratic Caucus in the 113th Congress and celebrate the increased number of women joining the Democratic Caucus. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe) (Credit Image: © Fang Zhe/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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