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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.

From the archives: The State of the Union: An American tradition

BY IN News On 11-02-2013

Tomorrow, President Obama will walk into the chamber of the House of Representatives, and in the presence of members of Congress, the Cabinet, and Supreme Court justices, deliver his State of the Union address. The annual address has changed formats over the course of American history, but its basis is formed in one line of the Constitution. Article II, Section 3, Clause 1, states that the president “shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” In the absence of more specific instructions, our nation’s presidents have interpreted the Founding Fathers’ charge in different ways

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From the archives: The State of the Union: An American tradition


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