Making Government Work

7 Ways Women Can Fix Washington

April 28, 2014
7 Ways Women Can Fix Washington
(L-R) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) walk past the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), participates in a news conference to discuss women's health issues at the U.S. Capitol. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) — the longest-serving female in Congress — started bipartisan monthly dinners nearly 20 years ago in order to create a place for women in Washington with different opinions to talk without vitriol. Alex Wong/Getty Images
How female empowerment can mend our broken government.

Earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked a bill meant to close the pay gap between men and women, adding to a long list of stalled legislation in the last year. The newest example of Washington gridlock again raises the question, can Washington be fixed? To try to find an answer, NationSwell attended the Women in the World Summit, held April 3-5 in New York City, where we heard talks given by several female senators — from both sides of the aisle — and then we looked through speeches and articles to see what insights other female politicians had about power-sharing during their years of service. Here are seven astonishing ways women may be the solution to Washington’s woes:


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