This week we gave you a study from Exeter that showed that women on company boards were good for the company and its investors but that people were not ready to believe this fact. Double edge swords and all that. Yesterday Politico published a study that shows “Women Lawmakers Outperform Men!”
Excerpt from Politico:
...a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, who say that on average, women in Congress introduce more bills, attract more co-sponsors and bring home more money for their districts than their male counterparts do.
The study, which examined the performance of House members between 1984 and 2004, found that women delivered roughly 9 percent more discretionary spending for their districts than men.
The researchers also found that women introduced more legislation than men who served in their same districts, often hitting the ground running in their first terms.
“We find that, on average, women sponsor about three bills more per Congress per term than their male counterparts,” said Anzia. “They co-sponsor more bills than other members, and they also obtain more co-sponsors for their own bills.”
Since 1789, women have constituted just 2 percent of the total congressional population. The ratio of female to male representatives has increased in recent years, but the pace is still fairly glacial: Nearly 17 percent of House members are women today, compared with about 3 percent in 1979.
When are women themselves going to start to believe that we are worthy of more than the perpetual 15% to 20% voice and presence we are currently allotted?
This is a good time to remind readers of women's doubt of women's talents.
--remember that study of female playwrights?? Ouch, before we finger point at the men, let's mirror look at our own hesitancy to admit how much we rock!
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27152.html#ixzz0RHdMRaTy