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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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Emma Halas-O’Connor

BY IN Emerge America On 14-05-2012

Emma Halas-O'Connor Alumna Class of 2012 Emerge Maine 0 Emma Hales-O’Connor grew up in Boston but would spend summers in Maine with her family. She moved to Maine to attend Bates College in the 2000’s, where she completed a study abroad program teaching English in Ecuador and completed a senior thesis on youth and engagement. Her enthusiasm for involving young people in the political process has continued through her participation in the league of young voters, where she serves as Chair of the Elections Committee.

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