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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.

Massachusetts legislators urge Virginia: Don’t make the same mistake

BY IN News On 10-08-2012

David Linsky has represented Massachusetts's 5th Middlesex District for nearly 14 years. When Mitt Romney was elected to the governorship in 2002, Linsky says he was optimistic. But it didn't take long for disappointment to set in—both as a legislator and a member of the middle class

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Massachusetts legislators urge Virginia: Don’t make the same mistake


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