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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.

Refusing to Allow the Perfect to Be the Enemy of the Good

BY IN Emerge America On 28-01-2013

By Amy Rose, Emerge California Class of 2013 ? This weekend, as part of our second Emerge California training session (on “planning your campaign”), my Emerge sisters and I explored a lengthy list of questions to ask ourselves before running for office: Questions about the skeletons that may lurk in our closets. Many of these common sense queries came as no surprise to a room full of savvy, sophisticated, and accomplished women considering elected office

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Refusing to Allow the Perfect to Be the Enemy of the Good


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