Why We Need Women Leaders
A Representative and Participatory Democracy
- Women in political offices create a more representative government that is better equipped to meet the needs of its citizenry.
- Female citizens have been shown to become more politically involved by simply watching other women run for election.
- Having women leaders broadens participation in our democracy, expanding the talent pool of our government and inspiring women to become leaders in other sectors.
A Collaborative and Goal Oriented Approach to Leadership
- As a group, female politicians perform better than male politicians at important legislative activities, such as logrolling, agenda-setting, coalition building and other deal-making processes.
- Women, more than men, support non-hierarchical collaboration, consensus building, and inclusion when problem solving.
- Female and male legislators use different sources for policy information to help them make important decisions.
- Women in legislative and executive positions tend to be more motivated by policy goals, not power or prestige, in running for office and serving.
- Female lawmakers open the legislative agenda up to new perspectives and issues.
An Effective Process and Policy Outcome
- On average, women legislators sponsor, co-sponsor and attract more co-sponsors for more bills than do their male colleges.
- On average, women are 31 percent more effective at advancing legislation and getting it through the legislative process.
- Legislation sponsored by women garners more press attention and is more likely to be deemed important overall.
- Congresswomen bring home 9 percent, approximately 49 million, more each year in federal programs than do Congressman.
- Women, regardless of party, are more likely than their male counterparts to prioritize issues affecting women, families, and children.
- For the last 25 years, women legislators, across the political spectrum, have voted more consistently in favor of environmental protections and policies.
*Major Source: Political Parity