In the beginning, the biggest challenge had been, quite honestly, arrogant Congressmen - not in Massachusetts, but in other parts of the country - that believe the old pat on the back, 'Don't worry, dearie, we will take care of it' attitude. I think that certainly has been the challenge. Because in the beginning days, there were so few of us that we had to meet with as many congressmen as possible, so you could be meeting with a Senator from Idaho, even though you're from Massachusetts. But now, we've been fortunate enough to network so that we have women in just about every single state that have become familiar with their congressional delegates. And more recently, we have become known as one of the most respected advocacy groups in Washington.
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