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Out of Nearly 6,000 Expert Witnesses to testify in the House, Only 23% were Women

September 29, 2014

A Sunlight analysis of the 113th Congress reveals that “when it comes to testifying before the House, men get a lot more to say than women”. As of September 1, there have been 5,575 witnesses identified to have appeared before House committees and only 23% of those experts have been women. Although women make up a little more than half the U.S. population they are underrepresented in Congress.

There are some committees where women are better represented than others. The House Committee on Agriculture heard from the fewest number of women at 13%, while the Committee on Education and the Workforce heard from the most women (“40 percent of the panel’s witnesses were female”).

Click on the graph for the breakdown of House witnesses by committee and gender.

Picture Source: Sunlight Foundation


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