“We [women] want each other to succeed and find a path forward because we really leave the partisan politics at the door”
-Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY)
Leveling the political playing field clearly benefits women candidates, but what does this do for all women? And what about the other half of the population? As it turns out, advancing towards gender parity not only empowers women, but also strengthens our democracy and serves the entire nation.
There has long been anecdotal evidence of women in political office working together and problem solving, but there is also new quantitative data to support those claims. Success stories, in combination with research, show that women improve productivity.
The research also shows that the advantages of women and their leadership styles are not dependent on women being a minority group in elected office; the benefits will continue as long as women continue serving. This is supported by studies in the business world, which show that having women in leadership roles helps increase profits. If productivity is the legislative equivalent of business profits, then electing women is the key to success for government efficacy.