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WIPP finds Women Excluded from Congressional Hearings

Monday, July 9, 2012  
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July 9, 2012                                                                                                           Contact: Cielo Villasenor

For Immediate Release                                                                                         202.626.8528


WIPP Finds Women Excluded From Congressional Hearings

Not only do women face barriers in the business world but it seems that our own Representatives are leaving us out as well. WIPP found that 43% of standing Congressional Committees and 42.8% of select/joint committee hearings did not include women last year. This shocking number does not include hearings where only government witnesses testified. It only reflects the lack of women testifying on Congressional panels where private sector witnesses testified.

Women owned businesses face a unique set of obstacles and it is imperative that their voice be heard in the halls of Congress. We call upon each committee to make room for women on their hearing tables.


Congressional Standing Committees (Excluding Rules and Intelligence)

- 43% did not include women

Congressional Select/Joint Committees

- 42.8% did not include women

Congressional Committees with Least Number of Women Testifying

-Senate Armed Services: 83% did not feature women

- Senate Budget: 60% did not feature women

- House Armed Services: 59.26% did not feature women

Senate Committees Featuring Fewest Women

-Armed Services Committee: 83%, or 5/6 meetings did not feature women

- Budget Committee: 60%, or 12/20 meetings did not feature women

- Foreign Relations: 59.26%, or 16/27 meetings did not feature women

House Committees Featuring Fewest Women

-Armed Services Committee: 59.29%, or 16/27 did not feature women

- Homeland Security Committee: 58%, or 28/48 did not feature women

- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: 57.69%, or 30/52 did not feature women

Senate Committees Featuring the Most Women

- Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee: 88% of meetings featured women

- Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee: 77.78% of meetings featured women

- Judiciary Committee: 76.09% of meetings featured women

House Committees Featuring the Most Women

- Veterans Affairs Committee: 86.36% of meetings featured women

- Education and the Workforce Committee: 83.35% of meetings featured women

- Appropriations Committee: 66.6% of meetings featured women

Barbara Kasoff, CEO of WIPP, had the following to say on the matter "Women are one of the fastest growing contributors to the national economy and as such should be heard on Capitol Hill. We urge Congress to increase the number of women in their Hearings in order to get an accurate depiction of America's private sector and the struggles and successes they face.”


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