About This Episode

Will women ever be proportionately represented in Congress? Political journalist, novelist and cookbook author Jennifer Steinhauer discusses her new book The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress which examines the remarkable group of women elected to the 116th Congress in 2018. This insightful, hopeful conversation about women's political power with one of America's most astute political journalist is an exploration of the ongoing impact of the most racially, ethnically, socially, and professionally diverse class of female lawmakers. As Steinhauer notes, “If women continue to look in the mirror and see themselves as lawmakers, the way men have for generations, women have an endless ceiling.” Find Jennifer on Twitter and Instagram.

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Jennifer Steinhauer

Jennifer Steinhauer


Jennifer Steinhauer is a political journalist, novelist and cookbook author. Steinhauer, who started at The New York Times as a news clerk while still a journalism student, has covered health care, business, veterans affairs, and Congress and has served as City Hall bureau chief and Los Angeles bureau chief. One of the earliest writers for Food52, Steinhauer has written about food for years. Her first cookbook, Treat Yourself, was a guide on how to make your own junk food. She then partnered with fellow New York Times journalist Frank Bruni to extol the power and diversity of the lowly meat loaf in A Meat Loaf in Every Oven.

The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress