WASHINGTON – For the first time in history, 100 women are serving simultaneously in Congress. On Tuesday, many of those lawmakers joined women in the private sector for the second annual “Women Rule” summit.
There were discussions among incoming and current lawmakers, entrepreneurs and women in the media, all shared advice with the more than 500 people in attendance.
The highest-ranking female Democrat in Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was also on hand. She spoke to the crowd about the recent social shift in the democratic party.
“Our House democratic caucus is a majority women, minorities and LGBT members,” Pelosi said. “That’s a pretty remarkable thing for any party in any parliament in all the world.”
The summit’s keynote speaker was Vice President Joe Biden. He addressed the crowd with his daughter, Ashley. They talked about current events and the vice presidency, but Biden mostly focused on fatherhood, and what it’s like raising a daughter.
“It’s the single most satisfying thing in the world,” Biden said. “The boys joke and say, ‘you love Ashley more than us!’ And I say, ‘yeah, I do!’”
Biden said having a female role model is one of the most important things to become a successful man or woman in the workforce, and he had this to say about his own female mentors.
“My mom was a sweet, quiet women, but my mom was really, really strong,” he said. “And my sister, I joke, but she’s my best friend in my life.”
With a record amount of women now serving in Congress, many are hoping to see another “first” – a woman winning the presidency in 2016.