By Bob Cusack - 09/19/11 10:56 PM EDT
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) has a message for some of her male colleagues in Congress: Do your homework.
During a breakfast discussion last week hosted by the Ripon Society, Emerson said. “I think [female politicians] probably work a lot harder than the men. And I hate to say that.”
Emerson added that at press conferences, lawmakers with Y chromosomes can dish rhetoric, but not details.
“When you get asked the tough question, who comes up?” Emerson said, “Us, to describe the bill.”
Rep. Kay GrangerKay GrangerGOP divided over 0M for climate fund GOP votes down funding for global climate fund Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left MORE (R-Texas), who was an entrepreneur before she came to Congress, noted how difficult it was to secure a loan in a man’s world.
“I started my business in my living room with $2,500 because no one would lend me any money. In fact, one banker I went to said, ‘Honey, you just need to get married.’ ”
Granger said she has since sent notes to that banker, pointing out her career successes.