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Between the 65th Congress (1917-1918) and the 103rd Congress, the number of women serving in Congress increased incrementally, and on one occasion, dropped slightly from 20 women (3.7%) in the 95th Congress to 17 women (3.2%) in the 96th Congress (see Figure 1). In the 103rd Congress (1993-1994), however, the number of female Members rose dramatically from 32 in the previous Congress to 54. The 1992 election came to be known popularly as the "Year of the Woman" due to the large electoral increase of women in Congress. (5)
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Despite increases in the number of women serving in …