According to a recent study, female legislators in Pennsylvania are more effective at passing legislation than their male counterparts, writes Sam Janesch for Lancaster Online.
The “Few, but Mighty” report published by Chatham University’s Center for Women & Politics shows that, statistically, women are more successful at getting their bills passed despite being underrepresented.
“In Pennsylvania, the underrepresentation of women is particularly stark,” the report states. In fact, fewer than 20 percent of 253 seats of the state’s General Assembly are held by women.
This puts Pennsylvania just above Wyoming, which has the smallest portion of seats held by women nationwide at 11.1 percent.
The study analyzed the roles of female legislators across the state by looking at the thousands of bills proposed during the 2013-14 legislative session. It found that bills proposed by women were signed into law 9.7 percent of the time, while the success rate for those put forward by men was only nine percent.
Also, according to the study, women collected more co-sponsors for their proposed bills than their male counterparts, averaging 18.2 co-sponsors, compared to 17.1 for men.
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