Women in Charge: A New Record?

   •    August 4, 2016

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This article was originally published by Politico.

When British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met recently in Berlin for the first time since May had taken her new post, it wasn’t just a dramatic moment in itself—two female leaders of two of the world’s most powerful countries standing side by side in the German capital. It was also, perhaps, a hint of more to come.

[T]here is a growing body of evidence showing that women, in certain ways, are more effective leaders than men. For instance, research has shown that women are more inclined toward “collaboration across ideological lines and social sectors,” as a report by the Institute for Inclusive Security, a think tank focused on women’s contributions to peacebuilding, put it. In the United States, on average, congresswomen co-sponsor more bills than men and can recruit more co-sponsors than men, according to data gathered by Political Parity, a nonpartisan group dedicated to increasing women’s participation in politics. The bills these women pass are also more successful, according to the same data: On average, women are 31 percent better at advancing bills farther in the legislative process than men are.

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