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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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Congresswoman Karen Bass

BY IN First Women In History to: On 03-07-2011

Congresswoman Karen Bass was the first African-American woman to lead a legislative chamber anywhere in the country during her term as Speaker of the California State Assembly. [...]

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Patsy Mink

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Patsy Mink was the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress, and became the first Asian American to seek the Presidential nomination of the [...]

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Nydia Velazquez

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Nydia Velazquez is the U.S. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district, serving since 1993, and the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee since 2007. She is the first [...]

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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As DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is expected to play a key role in Obama's re-election campaign. She is the first woman elected chair unanimously ratified by the the [...]

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Barabara Boxer

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Barbara Boxer is US Senator from California (since 1993). She holds the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 6.96 million votes [...]

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Hilda Solis

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Hilda Lucia Solis is the 25th United States Secretary of Labor, serving in the Obama administration. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the California State Senate [...]

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Nancy Pelosi

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Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking female politician in American history. She is the first woman, the first Californian and first Italian-American to lead a major party in Congress. [...]

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Michelle Obama

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Hillary Clinton

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"The great struggle of the 21st century is to ensure that women are fully given the rights they have as human beings, in their families, in their societies and in [...]

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