#CelebrateBlackHistory – Donna Brazile, DNC Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation
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.
What inspired me to get involved in politics I first got involved in politics at the age of nine when I worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in my neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Why I am a Democrat In her 1976 keynote address to the Democratic National Committee, Texas Rep.