A crop of new congresswomen talk to Brooke Baldwin on succeeding in male-dominated fields

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In an excerpt from her new book, ‘Huddle,’ the longtime journalist heads to Capitol Hill to speak with five women about their experiences in the military and in politics, and on the importance of female camaraderie. I made my way to Capitol Hill in the spring of 2019, after the midterm elections when an unprecedented large crop of women had been elected. The weather was unseasonably warm, and my Lyft driver made small talk about the fact that it was the peak time to see cherry blossoms. I had arranged to meet with a group of newly elected congresswomen: Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, Chrissy Houlahan, Elissa Slotkin, and Mikie Sherrill. They were far outnumbered by the men in Congress, but this huddle of women had years of practice being the minority gender, because they’d all had former careers in the military or CIA. Their schedules that week were so tight …


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