U.S. Military Women Set Sights on Congress

February 15, 2018

February 14, 2018: Women who served in the military are running for elective office in greater numbers than at any time in history. Many broke gender barriers in uniform and say it's time to make their mark in politics. For generations, military veterans who become elected officials have overwhelmingly been male and Republican, but these female veterans, many of whom served in pioneering combat roles in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are overwhelmingly Democrats. Currently, only four of the 535 members of Congress are female veterans, two Republicans and two Democrats. But at least 32 more women who served in the military are now campaigning for the House and Senate — 25 Democrats and seven Republicans, said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

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