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We Make More Effective Congresspeople (When We Manage to Get Elected)

Regardless of party affiliation, congressional women deliver more federal projects to their home districts and sponsor and co-sponsor more legislation than their male colleagues. In a study that was recently published in The American Journal of Political Science, researchers from Stanford University and the University of Chicago attributed women's political success not to some innate political instinct but to the fact that it's really hard for us to get elected (there are currently 360 men and 75 women in the House; 83 men and 17 women in the Senate). They theorize that women feel immense pressure to measure up, so instead of meeting expectations, we surpass them.

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10 highlights from 2012

BY IN News On 31-12-2012

10. Karl Rove's, the Koch brothers', and other conservative groups’ $1 billion in outside money was no match for your grassroots organizing. 9. [...]

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Timeline: Gender Equality, 2012 Year in Review

BY IN UN Women On 31-12-2012

From the ratification of a United Nations convention on domestic worker rights to landmark laws on harassment to the conviction of a former president for war crimes, this timeline is [...]

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on death of Delhi student

BY IN UN Women On 30-12-2012

UN Women joins Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in expressing deep sorrow at the death of the Delhi student who was gang-raped on a bus on 16 December and utterly condemning this [...]

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Women’s Media Gained Huge Momentum in 2012

BY IN women eNews On 28-12-2012

It's been a high-powered year for female media activism. Ariel Dougherty sums up the high points, trouble spots and calls for greater resolve in 2013 to put media control in [...]

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Women’s Media Gained Huge Momentum in 2012

BY IN women eNews On 28-12-2012

It's been a high-powered year for female media activism. Ariel Dougherty sums up the high points, trouble spots and calls for greater resolve in 2013 to put media control in [...]

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Stripper Role Sparks Artist’s Body Acceptance

BY IN women eNews On 28-12-2012

An unexpected part in the musical "Gypsy" triggered performance artist Stephanie Howell's love of her body and shaped her career, she says in this excerpt of her essay in the [...]

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Stripper Role Sparks Artist’s Body Acceptance

BY IN women eNews On 28-12-2012

An unexpected part in the musical "Gypsy" triggered performance artist Stephanie Howell's love of her body and shaped her career, she says in this excerpt of her essay in the [...]

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Taliban Pledges Rights; Italian Priest Sparks Outrage

BY IN women eNews On 28-12-2012

Taliban Pledges Rights; Italian Priest Sparks Outrage [...]

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Taliban Pledges Rights; Italian Priest Sparks Outrage

BY IN women eNews On 28-12-2012

Taliban Pledges Rights; Italian Priest Sparks Outrage [...]

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Hollywood in 2012 Was Female-Action Packed

BY IN women eNews On 27-12-2012

Take a bow, movie makers of the year past. From little girls facing down prehistoric beasts to elderly goddesses communing with the planet, 2012 movies teemed with complex female characters [...]

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