Marjorie Holt was a pathbreaker for women in politics

With 84 women in the House of Representatives and 21 in the Senate, the glass ceiling — that favorite architectural metaphor for the obstacles facing women in the workplace — has more than a few missing panes where Congress is concerned. But the ceiling itself endures. Women have now been in Congress for more than a century. With at least 50 percent of the population, they still account for fewer than 20 percent of the membership. Yet if today’s situation seems daunting, consider what it was like in 1973, when there were zero women in the Senate and 16 in the House — and one of them was the newly elected U.S. Rep. Marjorie S. Holt, the Anne Arundel County resident who was the first Republican woman to join Maryland’s congressional delegation. (Capital)

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