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Women As Better Political Representatives And Leaders

Women in leadership roles in business continue to be a topic of much discussion around the boardrooms and water coolers of companies large and small. Smart companies know that women leaders bring a lot to the table.

Across the USA, women are running for office in greater numbers than ever before, in particular for seats in Congress. Including both incumbents and challengers, more than 500 women are running for seats in the House and the Senate.

Leadership Index


  • The civil service sector has the highest proportion of women in leadership with women holding 29.7% of leadership positions on average. There is a gap as women hold 43.9% of all civil service positions – representing a 14 point gap between overall participation and leadership.
  • The data also shows that civil service is going to become potentially the first of the government sectors to achieve parity in both participation and leadership.





  • There is a statistically significant and positive relationship between pathways and power to 95% confidence.
  • Pathways seems to matter the most when looking at which areas of government women end up in (finance vs education) and thus glass walls.
  • Sweden is an example where women have a high employment rate (69.1%) and are leading 38% of major parties.


Are women better representatives?

Here’s the support for this argument we’ve found:

First, women spend more time and effort communicating with their constituents than men.

Even in the 21st century, old-fashioned snail mail is one important way that members inform voters of what’s going on in Congress. Members of Congress send out well over 100,000 pieces of mail a year on average. They do so because it helps them curry favor with their voters and ultimately win elections. And, female House members send on average 17 percent more mail to constituents than men do.

Another important way members interact with constituents is by stationing staff members in offices in their home states and districts. These staff members perform casework and other services for voters. We find, after controlling for a number of alternative explanations, that female senators post an average of 3.5 more staff members in their home state offices than men do.

Second, women deliver more government spending to their districts than male representatives do. There are lots of ways members funnel money to their districts, such as in earmarks or via bureaucratic awards. Depending on the method, women direct anywhere between 20 percent and 100 percent more spending to their voters.

Third, we find female Congress members more closely represent their constituents’ interests and needs when participating in the legislative process. When we crunched the data, we find that female members are more likely than male members to take on committee assignments that reflect the interests and demands of their districts. Women also introduce more bills related to policy areas that are important to their constituents, and, based on an assessment of the correspondence between district interests and member ideology, they are more likely to vote in ways that reflect their constituents’ needs.

Women have certain innate strengths, such as creativity, collaboration, and communication that make them highly effective in their approach to work. Women in leadership roles tend to come from a more interactive, cooperative mind set, which creates a stronger spirit of teamwork among their peers and subordinates. Identify your unique talents, understand what you bring to the table, and then make sure your voice is heard. Leadership is yours for the asking.


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