Nation: Is a Woman's Place in the House?

The feminist movement falters at Capitol Hill

On a crisp October morning, Geraldine Ferraro is frying eggs for her family.

Like many other housewives in the New York borough of Queens, she prides herself on being a good mother and wife, cooking breakfast each day for her husband and children and always trying to be home for dinner. But Ferraro is spending her time between meals these days doing something that few women in Queens—or elsewhere—have considered: running for Congress.

She lives in the "Archie Bunker" district, so called because it includes...

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