NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


August 23, 2007

The long march of women seeking election to Congress seems to be waning; instead of pressing onward toward the House, many are establishing their own businesses, often launched from home, says Janice Shaw Crouse, a Senior Fellow with the Beverly LaHaye Institute.


  • The female share of congressional seats seems to have reached a plateau at about 1 in 6 at the federal level and about 1 in 4 at state capitals.
  • Women hold 76 statewide elective executive offices across the country -- about a quarter of the total.
  • According to the Cook Political Report, 14 women are among the 75 most vulnerable House members and numerous elections have no female challengers.

One of the main reasons for this is that the radical feminists have lost the mainstream and the young, who are focused on achieving the potential of their own future.  The emphasis now is on getting women entrepreneurs to take their success in business and turn it into political clout, says Crouse:

  • There is a large pool of female entrepreneurs -- between 1997 and 2006, the number of women-owned firms grew 42 percent compared to the rate of growth of all firms, which was only 23 percent.
  • These women, though, would have to take time away from their businesses if they ran for office.
  • Plus, most of them are happy with the federal and state policies that enabled them to get their business up and running profitably.

Clearly, more and more women are rejecting the so-called "women's rights" agenda in favor of the traditional Judeo-Christian values, says Crouse.  The old-guard feminists are still around, but they are losing influence and a whole new generation of conservative young women is coming along to replace them in the halls of power.

Source: Janice Shaw Crouse, "Why Aren't Women Running for Office?", August 23, 2007.

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