Why We Need More Women in Politics

STOLjp-articleLarge-v2 I loved the research that was cited in the Week in Review article about why women don't get caught in sex scandals:

  • Women run because there is some public issue that they care about, some change they want to make, some issue that is a priority for them, and men tend to run for office because they see this as a career path.
  • Women are less likely to run for office; it is more difficult to recruit them, even when they have the same professional and educational qualifications as men. 
  • Men who run for office tend to look at people already elected and say, "I’m as good as that." Women hold themselves up to this hypothetical standard no candidate has ever achieved.
  • women currently hold 16.6 percent of the 535 seats in Congress and 23.5 percent of the seats in state legislatures. There are 6 female governors; of the 100 big-city mayors, 8 are women.
  •  Her studies of the House show that women introduce more bills, participate more vigorously in key legislative debates and give more of the one-minute speeches that open each daily session. In 2005 and 2006, women averaged 14.9 one-minute speeches; men averaged 6.5.

3 thoughts on “Why We Need More Women in Politics

  1. Measuring legislative accomplishment is tricky, but there has to be a better way than bills introducted and one-minute speeches given.

  2. Or the obvious explanation: some younger women are attracted to an older politically powerful man and throw themselves in his direction, while it’s much rarer for men to be throwing themselves at older politically powerful women.

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