Congresswoman Barbara Lee has been named as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Congress by Roll Call, a leading Capitol Hill newspaper devoted to covering Congress.
Congresswoman Lee was recognized in the recently released book “Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress”, written by Emily Ethridge and the CQ Roll Call newsroom.
The book gives readers a brief history of women in Congress and provides an inside look at who has heft in Congress, why they do and how they wield their power, with in-depth profiles of the 25 women on the list and exclusive color photographs. The book also looks at the five freshmen on the rise, women lawmakers who are making their mark in Congress in their inaugural terms in Washington.
Congresswoman Lee was listed as a “debate shaper and swing vote” given her strong and principled stands, particularly on national security and poverty eradication. She used this opportunity to call for greater efforts to promote, engage and encourage women political leaders.
“It is an honor and privilege to be named to this list along with many of my amazing colleagues,” said Congresswoman Lee.
“Today, women represent just 20 percent of Congress and similar statistics hold true for state legislatures and local elected offices. We must do more to empower women and girls to take action, be part of the political conversation and seek elected office,” Lee added.