Overcoming Labels in Politics

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Campaigning door to door, Lisa Billy came to the harsh realization that in politics, it was still very much a man's world. Some held fast to the belief that a woman could not serve effectively on the house; however, through discussing her qualifications and political philosophy frankly and honestly, Billy faced down the biases of her detractors—and ultimately won many of them over.

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