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Pat Schroeder was the first woman Colorado sent to Congress; when she arrived in 1973, only 14 women served in the House. (Now there are 17 just in the Senate.) Both by her presence and her legislative interests and agenda, Schroeder worked on women’s rights and issues affecting families. She also served on the Armed Services Committee throughout her time in Congress, which ended with her retirement in 1997. Schroeder never shied away from the spotlight; the Women in Congress entry on her includes many of the outrageous comments directed at Schroeder as well as her own blunt words.

My personal favorite among Schroeder’s many accomplishments: passing the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993.

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