Staffers run Capitol Hill. They set the schedules, filter the noise, set up the meetings and hand-hold the members all the day long.
So it's meaningful to note, as the Women's Campaign Forum does Thursday, that women account for fewer than one-third of the chiefs of staff serving members of the House of Representatives. Moreover, in the past three years, there has been no significant increase in the number of female chiefs of staff. Female lawmakers are more likely than their male counterparts to have a female chief of staff. In the Senate, the female chief-of-staff representation is even less.
The Women's Campaign Forum highlighted the disparities in the course of announcing that Capitol Hill veteran Janice Lipsen will receive a new annual award honoring service on the Hill. Lipsen started off back in the day, working for long-ago House Speaker Carl Albert; since then, she has represented various interests.
The event is being held Thursday night, Sept. 10, in the Sewell-Belmont House and Museum.