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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.       Findings:       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      
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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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