SC has long suffered gender gap in Congress

info@islandpacket.comMay 3, 2013 

Your coverage of the gender gap in the 1st District congressional race has prompted me to research women who have represented our state in Congress.

In the 93 years since women secured the right to vote, South Carolina has had only five congresswomen. Four of them -- all Democrats -- filled the unexpired terms of their late husbands and served an average of four months each. One was elected in her own right -- Liz Patterson from the 4th District, who served from 1987-1993.

In the 113th Congress, only 18 percent of the House of Representatives are women. It's no wonder that women in our district prefer -- by 20 points -- a competent woman who reflects our concerns to her seriously flawed male opponent.

Nancy L. Williams

Hilton Head Island

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