Fewer Republican Women in Congress Reduces Outreach

The wave of women voters that helped propel President Barack Obama to re-election also increased the gender gap in Congress, where female Democrats in the House and Senate will outnumber their Republican colleagues by larger numbers than previously.

One result is that fewer female Republican officeholders will make the case to women in order to reduce the gender gap.

“Women voters will feel even more like the Democratic Party is the party that is open to them, listening to their views, has people like them in it,” said Holly Fechner, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy and vice chairwoman of the public policy practice at Covington & Burling LLP. “There will be fewer Republican women leaders who can carry that message to voters.”

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