The representation of women in government is better than it was.
Only 2 percent of Congress members and less than 5 percent of state legislators were women in 1971.
24.2% of state legislators were female, both all-time highs, and 18.0% of Congress members were female, both all-time highs.
The state of New Hampshire had elected an all-female congressional delegation.
More than 100 women were elected to the House and at least 23 to the Senate, which was a new high.
They were first time candidates.
The Supreme Court confirmation hearing that failed to give credence to a woman's credible testimony and the sexist behavior of President Trump moved them and their supporters to action.
They didn't portray themselves as a feminist movement, but women said they were persuaded to run on local issues.
Michigan chose a female governor, US senator, attorney general, and secretary of state.
More than a dozen states added women to their delegations, but that number was limited by the existing gerrymander so that their numbers weren't reflected in seats won.
The gendered nature of American politics is slowly changing.
The Senate had to deal with the issue of accommodating a nursing mother after Tammy Duckworth became the first U.S. senator to become pregnant while in office.
Despite Hillary Clinton's win of the popular vote in the 2016 election, Americans haven't elected a female president.
When I was asked what it meant to be a woman running for president, I always said that I was running because I thought I would be the best president.
Like millions of women, I know that there are still barriers and biases out there.
I want to build an America that embraces the potential of every last one of us.
It will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, and unremarkable to think that a woman can be the president of the United States.
Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House in 2007, and three of the last four secretaries of state have been women.
The second and fourth officials in the line of succession to the president of the United States in 2010 were women.
It is difficult to know if the underrepresentation of women in government has real policy consequences, but a variety of decisions affecting women are often made without a significant female voice contributing to the discussion.
In the past few years, we have seen political battles over whether women should be provided with services that help protect them against domestic violence, whether they should be able to sue easily for discrimination in the workplace, or whether they should be guaranteed equal pay for equal work.
The Democrats' victory in the House may keep these issues of the table.
Some research suggests that states that have a stronger female presence in the government may have more "womenfriendly" policies.
Civil rights were not the only thing at stake in the battles.
The courts and Congress were off-limits to the women's movement due to their more accepting cultures and less restrictive rules.
Women got the national vote in 1920 because they gained the vote in enough states.
The Fourteenth Amendment gave blacks equal protection of the laws, but the Nineteenth Amendment did not.
The courts give women more protection of the law, but they are still subject to only an intermediate standard of review because the laws that discriminate against them are still subject to a higher standard of review.
Women have fought for equality and the changing role of women in American politics.
Race, ethnicity, and gender are just some of the grounds on which the laws in the United States differ.
Sexual orientation, age, disability, and lack of citizenship are some of the classifications that give insight into the politics of rights in America.
There are two types of legal discrimination faced by gays and lesbians.
Gays were not allowed to serve in the military or teach in public schools in some states because of discrimination until 2011.
A more subtle kind of discrimination doesn't forbid their actions or behavior, it simply fails to recognize them legally.
The Georgia statute against sodomy was a legitimate exercise of the state's power and it met the minimum rationality test, according to the Court.
The four justices who dissented from the opinion didn't want to address the issue of whether homosexuality was right or wrong.
As a privacy issue, what consenting adults do is not the government's business.
By 2003 public opinion on gay rights was changing.
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President George W. Bush supports an amendment to the constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The amendment failed to garner much congressional support because Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 that stated that states could not recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
Marriage equality was legal in all the states, despite conservatives' anger at what they saw as an activist Court.
The Court did not say that sexual orientation was a suspect class, but some members might be thinking that way.
Barney Frank and James Brady were married in the summer of 2012 but their marriage was not recognized in many states.
The Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court.
Gays had other political avenues open to them in their fight for equal rights.
Gays have been effective in getting their small numbers into a force to be reckoned with.
It's difficult to estimate the size of the gay population because some estimates say between 4 and 5 percent of the electorate selfidentifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Gays have political power as well.
Riots at a gay bar in New York City in 1969 started a political organization.