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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.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on 20th Anniversary of Family and Medical Leave Act

BY IN News On 05-02-2013

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today marking the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for their family members without fear of losing their jobs: “When the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Clinton 20 years ago, our nation made a commitment to its workers that they should not have to choose between earning a living and caring for their loved ones when they need it most. In the two decades that have passed, the FMLA has helped millions of hardworking families balance the competing demands of work and family, and it has been particularly important for women, who have faced a long history of discrimination in the workplace. “We are proud of the steps the Obama Administration has taken to expand FMLA’s protections to cover military families and airline workers.

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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on 20th Anniversary of Family and Medical Leave Act


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