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Study: Pennsylvania’s women lawmakers fare better at getting bills passed

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The report finds women in the General Assembly are more likely to draw more co-sponsors and work across party lines.

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Report: Pa. Woman Legislators More Effective at Passing Laws

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new report claims that Pennsylvania’s woman legislators are more effective at passing laws.

Researchers at the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University found that during the 2013-14 legislative term, 9.7 percent of bills sponsored by female legislators were passed and signed by the governor, compared to 9 percent of bills sponsored by male legislators. 

Female legislators were able to get more co-sponsors for their bills during that legislative term, according to the study. On average, legislation introduced by women had an average of 18.2 co-sponsors, while legislation introduced by men had an average of 17.1 co-sponsors.

In addition, researchers found that the state’s woman legislators were more likely to reach across party lines to pass legislation. In the 2013-14 legislative term, legislation sponsored by women (both Democrats and Republicans) had more co-sponsors from opposing parties than legislation sponsored by men.

Women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population – yet they hold only 19 percent of seats in Congress. In Pennsylvania’s 253-member General Assembly, only 40 women legislators currently serve in the House, and eight serve in the Senate. The Chatham study, titled “Few, but Mighty: Women and Bill Sponsorship in the Pennsylvania General Assembly,” begs the question: Why aren’t we electing more women?


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WITF’s Smart Talk: Women in Politics

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Written by Rich Copeland – Producer, WITF’s Smart Talk | Jul 24, 2017 8:19 AM

The Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University has released a report examining the role of the female perspective in lawmaking and the need for a more balanced legislature.  Marie Cusick, sitting in for Scott LaMar, will speak to Dana Brown, Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University and State Representative Tina Pickett about the study.

Listen to the story at witf.org