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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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BY IN Historical Icons On 29-06-2011

Alice Paul, leader of the National Woman’s Party, unfurled the completed Ratification Flag in Washington D.C. in August 1920 to celebrate passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women nationally the right to vote. (Credit: Library of Congress/”Winning the Vote”)

Woman suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, on the left, testified before congressmen in 1878 in support of the newly introduced Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. (Credit: Library of Congress/“Winning the Vote”)

Less than 100 years ago, women weren’t allowed to vote, but were required to pay taxes and abide by laws their male counterparts voted into place. Women from all economic and ethnic groups banded together to persuade the men of Washington to give them the right to vote. Find out how women in Washington state campaigned for women’s suffrage in Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices, at the Washington State History Museum.


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