Elise Stefanik recently became the youngest woman--at 29 years old-- to be elected to Congress. Elizabeth Holtzman, formerly held that title when she was sworn in at 31 years old in 1973. In a show of support, (and an excellent example of women mentoring other women), Holtzman recently wrote an article that describes how Congress has changed since her time, and her advice to Stefanik for her making a difference in her newly elected office.

While Holtzman undoubtedly experienced more sex segregation (and thereby oppression) within internal Congressional structures, both women have had to address criticisms over their abilities and shock over their age. In a display of helping the next generation of women elected to Congress, Holtzman and others formed 'a caucus consisting of all female members of the House', which remains a powerful entity today that prioritizes the rights of women on a 'bipartisan basis.' I am excited to see Stefanik's contributions and more initiatives to support future generations of women.

The importance of women role models cannot be understated. Women currently only make up 19 percent of the House and Senate, (an improvement from the 2.8 percent in Holtzman's time). This percentage is sure to increase as Stefanik's victory has enabled current young women and girls to visualize the possibility of entering Congress themselves.