DC House Democrat Wants Women to Be Better Represented in Car Accident Safety Tests

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DC Democratic House Representative Calls For Male AND Female Dummies To Be Used In Crash Tests To Ensure ‘Gender Equality’

  • Washington, D.C. Deputy Eleanor Holmes Norton introduces bill requiring crash test dummies to be modeled after both male and female bodies
  • Norton is a non-voting member of the United States House of Representatives
  • She also chairs the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
  • In a press release from her office, Norton blames “outdated” crash test standards for women having “a higher risk of injury” in car accidents
  • Data from the NHTSA shows that female drivers or front seat passengers are 17% more likely to die than their male counterparts in car accidents

DC Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting House Democrat who represents the nation’s capital, is calling on federal regulators to use male and female crash test dummies to ensure “equality” between men and women.

Norton has announced that it will introduce a bill to require crash test dummies to be modeled after both male and female bodies.

“Women have achieved equality on the road when it comes to driving, but when it comes to safety testing to keep them safe on the road, they are nowhere near equality,” Norton said.

Norton has announced that it will introduce a bill to require crash test dummies to be modeled after both male and female bodies.  Pictured outside the Capitol on May 12

Norton has announced that it will introduce a bill to require crash test dummies to be modeled after both male and female bodies. Pictured outside the Capitol on May 12

“Crash testing standards are incredibly outdated and we need to update these standards now, especially as more people resume their daily commutes in the coming months.”

The capital’s sole representative also chairs the House Subcommittee of Highways and Transit.

In a press release posted on its website, Norton’s office called for the exclusive use of “male bodies” by the federal government in designing crash-test dummies.

The capital's sole representative also chairs the House Subcommittee of Highways and Transit.  Seen here at a press conference against federal funding to build a fencing around the US Capitol on March 25

The capital’s sole representative also chairs the House Subcommittee of Highways and Transit. Seen here at a press conference against federal funding to build a fencing around the US Capitol on March 25

There is no federal obligation for auto companies to “also use dummies modeled after female bodies,” the statement read.

It went on to highlight the many anatomical differences between men and women — such as average height, neck strength and posture, and how their bodies react to crashes — as factors not taken into account when weighing a vehicle against existing safety standards.

“Because cars do not need to be tested for women’s safety, women are at a higher risk of injury and death in car accidents,” Norton’s office claims.

Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that female drivers or front seat passengers are 17% more likely are killed than men in car accidents.

Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that female drivers or front seat passengers are 17% more likely to die than males in car accidents

Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that female drivers or front seat passengers are 17% more likely to die than males in car accidents

One of the NHTSA's standard weights for adult female crash test dummies is 97 pounds — just 19 pounds heavier than their portrayal of a 10-year-old child.

One of the NHTSA’s standard weights for adult female crash test dummies is 97 pounds — just 19 pounds heavier than their portrayal of a 10-year-old child.

The same federal regulatory agency, part of the Department of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, uses female dummies in the 5th percentile of adult females – 4’11” and 108 pounds – in tests.

The average American woman is almost 5’3′ and weighs about 170 lbs, according to CDC data from January 2021.

They also have an even lighter option weighing in at 97 pounds, less than 20 pounds heavier than their dummy that simulates a 10-year-old child.

The male dummies used by the NHTSA are both 5’9′ and weigh 171 and 160 pounds respectively.

The House Democrat’s push for gender reform comes amid a party-wide effort by lawmakers to promote gender equality under the Biden administration.

An attempt to grant DC and likely voting rights for Norton a state of its own failed in Congress earlier this year when Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia spoke out against the legislation.

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