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Politics

You Decide:  Did the feminist movement improve American women's lives?
Photo of Madeline Albright, U.S. Secretary of State


Before 1975, only two women had served as members of the president's cabinet. By 1999, nineteen women had been cabinet members, including Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the highest-ranking woman ever to have served in American government. In the final Congress of the twentieth century, both senators from the nation's largest state, California, were women.


Photo of Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator from California


As of 1999, women comprised 52 percent of the population of the United States, but only 9 percent of members of the United States Senate, 12.9 percent of members of the House of Representatives, 13 percent of federal judges, and 6 percent of governors. No woman had yet served as president or vice president of the United States.



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