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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.

Making the Case for Reflective Democracy with Celinda Lake

BY IN Emerge America On 11-08-2015

Making the Case for Reflective Democracy Last summer, Women Donors Network (WDN) created Who Leads Us to expose the lack of real representation in our democracy, showing who holds power and who is excluded at every level of government. To create effective messaging for the campaign, WDN enlisted acclaimed Democratic strategist Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners, to analyze polling data about how Americans respond to ideas of diversity and reflective democracy—and the results are fascinating!

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Making the Case for Reflective Democracy with Celinda Lake


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