A more representative government leads to policies that represent more Americans.
Simply watching women run for office has been shown to galvanize female citizens, making them more interested and actively involved in the political arena.
Having women as political leaders increases participation in our democracy and inspires women of all sectors to take leadership roles.
A New Style of Leadership
Women, as a group, are more partial to non-hierarchical collaboration, consensus building, and inclusion than men, as a group, and they bring that style to politics.
Female legislators gather policy information from different sources than men and rely on different types of information in making key decisions.
Unlike their male colleagues, women in legislative and executive posts are motivated most often by policy goals, not power or prestige, in running for office and serving.
Female lawmakers open the legislative agenda to new perspectives and issues.
Improved Policy Outcomes
On average, women sponsor and co-sponsor more bills than do men and are able to enlist more co-sponsors.
Across parties, women are, on average, 31 percent more effective at advancing legislation and see continued success farther into the legislative process.
Congresswomen deliver 9 percent – or roughly $49 million – more per year in federal programs to their home districts than do congressmen.
Women across the political spectrum are more likely than their male counterparts – of either party – to prioritize issues affecting women, families, and children on their legislative agendas.
Regardless of party affiliation, women have voted more consistently in favor of environmental protections and policies than men have over the past 25 years in both the House and Senate.
Greater Public Trust
The American public rates women above or equal to men in seven of eight traits considered crucial for leadership – women are perceived as outgoing, hardworking, honest, intelligent, creative, compassionate, and ambitious.
Women are ranked higher in public polling than men in five of seven key policymaking areas, including working out compromises, keeping government honest, standing up for what they believe in, and representing constituents interests.