Politics: Coming a Long Way

"Why can't a woman be more like a man?" lamented Professor Henry Higgins in the 1956 musical My Fair Lady. Now it seems the average female congressional candidate is—at least when it comes to political fund raising. According to a study released last week by the Washington-based Women's Campaign Research Fund, female House candidates in 1982 raised virtually as much as male candidates, an average of $218,745, vs. $234,463, or 93%. By comparison, women raised 86% as much as men in 1980, 77% as much in 1978, and only 67% as much in 1976.

The study, which surveyed all 3,271...

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