WASHINGTON--Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is the new Democratic Chair of the 111th Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues, a bi-partisan group.
"I am excited to work with my co-chair Representative Fallin and Vice-Chairs, Representative Gwen Moore and Representative Granger to continue moving forward with an aggressive agenda to improve the lives of women," Schakowsky said in a statement.
"When I was first elected in 1999 the Women's Caucus had only 55 women in the Congress.
"There will be 78 women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 111th Congress and we have a woman serving as Speaker of the House!
"Currently there are 16 women serving in the Senate.
"And with the challenges that lie ahead it will be the women in this room that will be the voices of the millions of women struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families in this economy.
"We will be the ones to raise the issue of encouraging leadership in our young daughters and granddaughters. We will be ones to champion the contributions of women veterans and military service members.
It is this caucus that will promote the importance of encouraging young girls to engage in math, science, technology and engineering.
I am eager to get started on the tasks ahead and I am confident that together we will get things done for the women of this nation."