Women

Heard on the Hill This Week: Al Franken’s Hotdish and the Tallest Senator in Modern History

This week Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano checked out a Minnesota cooking competition hosted by Sen. Al Franken. In addition to sampling some North Star State “hotdishes,” Alex sat down with new Sen. Luther Strange, the tallest senator in modern history.

Hoyer Dismayed Kathleen Matthews Didn’t Win
 

Sitting down with Roll Call editor-in-chief Melinda Henneberger, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer expressed disappointment by the lack of women in the Maryland delegation, saying that Kathleen Matthews losing Maryland’s 8th district seat to state Sen. Jamie Raskin was “a real loss.”

Some Conservative Women Troubled by Trump

   

As we all know by now, Donald Trump wants the voters of America to know that he is well-endowed, that women love him, and that he "cherishes" them.  

Could National Security Make 2016 Tougher for Women Candidates?

Hassan joined with GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting "is as strong as possible." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As national security becomes a bigger issue in the wake of the attacks in Paris, some Democratic strategists worry the issue could cause troubles for their Senate candidates in 2016 — and women candidates in particular.  

Polling shows voters generally view Republicans stronger on national security issues than Democrats. But some Democratic strategists and pollsters add the issue is especially challenging for women, who do better at the ballot box when the economy and social issues are at the top of voters' minds.  

RNC Looks to Empower GOP Women to Run

Capito, right, speaks with Saba Ahmed during the "Empowering Leaders for the Future" Women's summit hosted by the RNC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sharon Day rose through the ranks of GOP politics, starting as a precinct captain in her native Florida and eventually co-chairing the Republican National Committee.  

But Day said she'd never be in the position she's in today if people hadn't empowered her to run for those roles. And she's made it her mission to pay it forward to encourage more Republican women to become activists in the party and to run for office — all in the hopes of making women a more integral part of the GOP.  

Why Titus Won't Run for Reid's Senate Seat

Titus will seek re-election in Nevada's 1st District instead of running for the Senate seat that Reid is vacating. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some jobs are too good to risk. Even for a Senate bid.  

That's how Nevada Rep. Dina Titus feels about her job representing the state's 1st District.