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Women in Politics

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Eleanor Roosevelt and Senator Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman elected without having been preceded in the Senate by her husband.

11 a.m. 

Although women are slowly gaining political representation, they only make up about 19% of Congress. Today, only 104 women serve in the House and Senate, a number that is almost double what it was twenty years ago and a figure that has not kept pace with other countries. This hour, we're talking about barriers that women in politics still face and looking at how far women in politics have really come. 


  • Antoinette Wilson, Columbus Political Consultant and Former Ohio Assistant Secretary of State
  • Erin Vilardi, Founder and Executive Director of VoteRunLead
  • Senator Shannon Jones, Ohio U.S. Senator, 7th District
  • Mary Oakar, Former Member of the U.S. Congress and Ohio House of Representatives; currently serves on the State Board of Education

This show originally aired on December 1, 2015 at 10 a.m.