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.
This month, Vice President Joe Biden met with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations to discuss retirement security. Standing before leaders from more than 60 organizations, Vice President Biden reiterated President Obama’s commitment to seniors and the clear contrast that exists between our vision for the future and that of an out of touch GOP agenda that would end Medicare as we know it while protecting tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporations.