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Rep. Millicent Fenwick (R-Bernardsville) represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983.

Poll: New Jersey moves past some gender stereotypes

By David Wildstein, August 06 2019 12:01 am

New Jerseyans think women as more emotional (64%-3%) and view men as more aggressive (53%-9%), a new poll from Rutgers-Eagleton/Fairleigh Dickson University says, although many other opinions on gender have evolved.

“The endurance of gender trait stereotypes has consequences in the personal, professional, and political world,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “Perceiving differences in men’s and women’s capabilities and personalities can impact everything from interpersonal interactions and household duties to hiring practices and wages to who we elect to public office.”

Back in the 1970s, during a debate on the House floor concerning equal rights legislation, a Republican congressman said, “I just don’t like this amendment. I’ve always thought of women as kissable, cuddly and smelling good.”

That’s when Rep. Millicent Fenwick (R-Bernardsville) stood up.

“That’s what I’ve always thought about men, and I hope for your sake that you haven’t been disappointed as many times as I’ve been.”

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