20 Percent Women, 100 Percent Effective

   •    October 18, 2013

This article was originally published by Global Post.

Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., once said her experience as a preschool teacher was excellent training for Congress.

As many on Capitol Hill are mugging for the press pool, proud of their political brinkmanship, a small group of female senators (Republicans Susan Collins, Kelly Ayotte and Lisa Murkowski, and Democrats Amy Klobuchar, Heidi Heitkamp, and Jeanne Shaheen) stands to the side, immune to the “me, me, me” fest. Led by Sen. Collins, R-Maine, their strategic collaboration with a handful of male senators led to a deal to reopen the federal government and save the US from a first-ever default.

Even though women make up only 20 percent of the Senate, Collins’ collaborators were 66 percent female. On the bipartisan committee that worked on the deal, nearly half were women. What are the odds that in a Congress 80 percent male, women would lead the way?

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